Trial tentatively set for ex-Manatee High assistant football coach Roderick Frazier

jdeleon@bradenton.comMarch 25, 2014 

BRADENTON -- A trial was tentatively scheduled Tuesday afternoon for former Manatee High School assistant football coach Roderick Frazier, who is charged with 10 misdemeanors. But the trial is expected to be delayed further.

Frazier, 36, is charged with seven counts of battery for inappropriately touching students, teachers or staff and three misdemeanor counts of interfering with school attendance. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

During a pretrial conference Tuesday, Frazier's trial was set for June 2. Another pretrial conference is set for April 22 and Frazier's attorney is expected to request additional time to prepare.

Manatee County Judge Mark Singer, sitting in for presiding Judge Doug Henderson, agreed to both parties requests, "with the probability that it will get moved again when Judge Henderson hears it next month."

Defense attorney Edwin Mulock said a lot of work must be done in preparation for trial.

"I'm anxious to get it tried, too," Mulock said.

After charges were filed last summer, Frazier resigned from his position at Manatee High School.

Frazier was put on paid leave for one day when the allegation were originally investigated by the school district in November 2012. It was not reported to law enforcement.

The Bradenton Police Department began an investigation Feb. 7, 2013, after learning of the allegations. Two days later the State Attorney's Office Crimes Against Children Division began investigating as well.

In November, Henderson granted Frazier eight separate trials after ruling prosecutors had inappropriately linked the battery charges.

Former school district investigator Debra Horne entered a pre-trial intervention program last month that will result in the charges against her being dropped if successfully completed. Horne, who initially handled Frazier's investigation, was charged with one felony count of failure to report child abuse.

Three former school district officials, including former Manatee High Principal Robert Gagnon and former assistant principals Matthew Kane and Gregg Faller, still face felony charges they did not report suspicions of child abuse to the state abuse hotline. Their trial is set for June 16.

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