Manatee County assistant football coach, Roderick Frazier, resigns amid battery allegations
4:27 PM, Jul 26, 2013
4:38 PM, Jul 26, 2013
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Manatee County School district confirms a parent liaison and assistant football coach has resigned.
Last week, the State Attorney's office filed 10 charges against Roderick Frazier, seven of them for battery after accusations that he groped a female student and sent her a text message asking for nude pictures.
On Friday, the district accepted his resignation.
"The number one priority of the Manatee County School District is the safety and security of our students and staff and faculty," explained Superintendent Rick Mills. "We can never be too vigilant in the protection of our students and our employees."
Mills said Frazier is no longer allowed on Manatee County School Board property.
"We're dealing with, partially, rumors. We're dealing with hysterical young girls sometimes," said Frazier's attorney, Ed Mulock. "You know, texting all the time, and they want to think 'somebody did this' or 'coach loves me' or 'coach touched me' and it gets out of control."
Mulock believes his client's reputation has been unfairly tarnished for misdemeanor charges.
Mills also told reporters Monday that he will also require all staff to complete training for how to detect and report suspected child abuse. Previously, only teaching staff had such requirements.
"All of our employees should be aware of what the requirements are in identifying it and evaluating it in terms of does it meet the criteria for suspected reporting of child abuse," Mills said.