BRADENTON - The Florida State Attorney has filed felony charges against four Manatee County School District administrators for not reporting child abuse.
The charges follow an investigation into former parent liaison and assistant football coach, Roderick Frazier. He’s accused of groping a female student and sending her a text message asking for nude pictures.
Frazier is charged with seven counts of battery and resigned from his position in July.
Dawn Buff, Assistant State Attorney, told ABC Action News that Bob Gagnon, Gregg Fowler and Matt Kane face one felony and one misdemeanor count of failing to report child abuse. Each of the men also face a misdemeanor count of giving false information to law enforcement.
In addition, Debra Horn faces one felony count of failure to report child abuse.
Since the school started an investigation into the Frazier allegations, five administrators have been suspended.
Manatee County Schools Superintendent Rick Miller said despite the allegations and investigation, students should feel safe back at school.
Miller held a press conference addressing the matter on Friday morning.
He also said the charges of withholding information have nothing to do with trying to protect the school's football team.
"As a school district, it is our responsibility, in keeping it as our highest priority, the safety and security of our students and employees," Miller said.
Reporters asked if he's expecting any more arrests or charges related to the investigation, and he said he does not expect any.
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