Police investigate football coach suspected of inappropriate conduct with a student

Paid administrative leave

An assistant football coach at Manatee High School is on paid administrative leave, and the Bradenton Police Department is investigating after he allegedly touched a student inappropriately. 

 

Police have not released much, but they do say they are interviewing people involved in the case and trying to figure out what happened.

 

They're investigating alleged inappropriate conduct involving Rod Frasier.  ABC Action News spoke to his attorney, Ed Mulock, who says the student claims the alleged misconduct took place in November.  Mulock said,  "We're dealing with rumors.  We're dealing with unsubstantiated allegations." 

 

Mulock revealed letters from Frazier's supporters, including one he says is from a student, who was there when the alleged misconduct took place.  In it, she says, "The actions he's being accused of are false." 

 

Mulock says Frazier's reputation is being dragged through the mud. Mulock said, "It's always going to be over his head, which is unfortunate. Because he's a very, very fine person." 

 

Bonita Burrell has known Frazier for years and says he's a role model to kids. Burrell said, "He's a wonderful person. He has kids. He has nieces and nephews and he spends time with them. He spends time with my kids."

 

Police say their investigation could take weeks. In the meantime, Manatee County School Board Member Dave Miner tells ABC action News he's effecting an emergency meeting to talk about the case.

 

Police aren't releasing the name of the student involved to protect her identity.

 

The Manatee County School Board released a statement saying in part, "This School Board takes the safety of their students very seriously and will consider appropriate action when the investigation is complete."

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