Student says football coach asked for naked picture | News
Bradenton, FL - A student says Manatee High School assistant football coach Rod Frazier, brother of college football great Tommy Frazier, asked her for a naked picture.
According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune the girl also claims Rod Frazier improperly touched her and at one point told her he loved her.
In a letter the girl gave to the Manatee High School Principal back on January 9th she said; "When we were in (Frazier's) office he would give me a hug, rub his hand on my upper leg, grab my thigh and butt."
The Herald-Tribune was given a copy of the letter from the student and her parents this week.
In an interview with a reporter from the paper the girl said she was touched inappropriately about 10-times by Frazier and received more than 250-text messages from him, many of those texts at night.
A review of Frazier's personal file by 10 News shows the district did investigate Frazier, who is also a parent liaison at Manatee High, for any possible misconduct back in November. During the school's investigation Frazier was placed on paid administrative leave.
However Frazier was reinstated after just one day later and coached that night in a playoff game against St. Petersburg Northest.
Manatee High is a football powerhouse, winning the state championship in the past.
Frazier played high school football at the school and played college ball at the University of Florida.
Frazier's attorney Eddie Mulock told 10 News he's still gathering facts about the case but doesn't believe his client did anything wrong. In fact Mulock said as a parent liaison Frazier was likely in a vulnerable position as he tried to help students.
"That's one thing that's got him in this problem, I think he tried to do too many things for kids. I know he's gotten calls from kids late at night that have got in trouble and so forth and I think he just got himself in a situation trying to help kids is where he left himself vulnerable to allegations," Mulock said.
But since news of the girl's allegations hit the paper, Bradenton's Police Chief has requested all of the school's records on the situation and has launched its own investigation.
When reached by phone Friday, Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said he was "upset" the district did not contact law enforcement about the girl's claims.
With questions like; why weren't police called initially and just how thorough was the district's November investigation? School Board member Dave Miner on Friday called for an emergency board meeting.
"I think I share with everybody ... in finding who knew what, when and what did they do and hopefully that will be forthcoming quite soon," Miner said.
Mulock said Frazier was not going to talk with the media at this point. He continues working as usual at Manatee High.
Below is a statement issued Friday afternoon by School Board Chair Karen Carpenter.
Statement from Manatee County School Board Chair Karen Carpenter
Regarding School District Employee Rod Frazier
"The School Board of Manatee County is cooperating fully with an investigation of employee Rod Frazier by the Bradenton Police Department. Any and all information collected regarding this case is in the possession of law enforcement and we will await their conclusions. Mr. Frazier is placed on administrative leave as of today and will remain on leave until such time as law enforcement advises. This School Board takes very seriously the safety and security of students. Upon receipt of all of the facts of this case, we will consider the appropriate action to take. We encourage our community to reserve judgment until all of the facts are known and the investigation is complete."