MANATEE COUNTY — The former Manatee High School student who first brought complaints about Roderick Frazier, a former assistant coach and parent liaison at the school, has filed a lawsuit against the Manatee County School District.
The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $15,000 and blames the school district for Frazier’s actions as a district employee.
The student claims Frazier interfered with her ability to get an education by pulling her out of class and sexually harassing her while she was at the school.
Frazier was sentenced in April to six months house arrest and one year probation after he pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor counts of battery and two counts of interference with student attendance involving improper contact with students and other staffers at Manatee High.
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The negligence lawsuit claims the school district “acted through its teachers, staff employees, agents and/or servants at Manatee High School” and is responsible for their actions in the course of their employment.
Steve Valley, a spokesman for the district, said it has not seen the lawsuit and would not comment.
After an internal investigation by the school district, three administrators were criminally charged with failing to report suspected child abuse.
Former Manatee High School assistant principal Gregg Faller was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of failing to report suspicions of child abuse, but was acquitted of a felony charge for failing to report.
Former assistant superintendent and Manatee High School principal Robert Gagnon was acquitted of all criminal charges.
Former assistant principal Matthew Kane was also cleared of both charges.