MANATEE -- Manatee High assistant football coach and parent liaison Roderick Frazier resigned from the school district Friday, a week after he was charged with improper conduct with students and staff.
Frazier resigned in a brief letter to Superintendent Rick Mills released by the school district. "I feel my resignation is in the best interest of all involved, including the school system and Manatee High School," Frazier wrote.
Frazier had been on paid administrative leave since February when the Bradenton Police Department began an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior between Frazier and a student. The case was then handed over to the State Attorney's Office and
after months of further investigation, prosecutors filed charges July 19.
"He feels that this has caused too much turmoil for the school and the community," said his attorney Edwin Mulock. "He thinks it's better to just resign so he can focus more with the case at hand."
Frazier is currently facing 10 misdemeanor charges, including seven counts of battery and three counts of interfering with school attendance. Prosecutors say the battery charges involved Frazier's conduct with four students and three teachers or other staff members.
Mulock has stated that Frazier will plead not guilty to all the charges.
"He wants to concentrate on his defense and these false accusations," Mulock said.
With charges being officially filed against Frazier, the Manatee County School District announced Monday that it was resuming its own investigation. The district had stopped investigating during the probe by law enforcement officials.
A statement from the school district said that in accepting Frazier's resignation, it "made clear" to Frazier that he was barred from school district property.
"I have accepted Mr. Frazier's resignation today in the interest of moving our school district forward," Superintendent Rick Mills said in the release from the school district. "We have an obligation to our school board, community and the Florida Department of Education to conclude our internal investigation and we will proceed on that front."
Meanwhile, the State Attorney's Office is still investigating whether the administration at Manatee High School and district properly followed mandatory reporting procedures.
Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on JDeLeon1012.