Questions mount over district's investigation of football coach | News
Bradenton, Florida -- New questions have emerged about the thoroughness of the Manatee County School District's investigation of a high school football coach who allegedly improperly touched a female student and also asked for a naked picture of her.
Rod Frazier, brother of college football great Tommy Frazier, was placed on paid leave for just one day last November before he returned to work.
Frazier is a parent liaison and running backs coach at football powerhouse Manatee High School.
The day Frazier returned to work was also the same day Manatee High faced St. Petersburg Northeast in the playoffs.
Tuesday, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported school officials did not follow up on tips provided by teachers or speak to any students about Frazier's possible misconduct when it initially investigated the 34-year-old.
The paper said the district's investigator was given the names of four current or former students that knew directly about Frazier's behavior, but three of those students say they were never interviewed.
School Board member Julie Aranibar expressed concern about the district's investigation Tuesday. She shared an email she sent to the School Board chair and schools interim superintendent in which she wrote; "This coach was already given preferential treatment by receiving paid leave when the policy we follow is unpaid leave."
Fellow School Board member Dave "Watchdog" Miner admitted on Tuesday that he has a number of questions about how the district has handled this case as well.
"I think that we should review carefully what was done," he said.
Miner said it's his hope a police investigation will provide some answers.
"In my mind there just isn't any room for tolerance of miss using the public trust, but it's going to take a little bit to find out if that occurred and if so to deal with it appropriately."
Earlier this month, Bradenton Police began investigating the allegations surrounding Frazier.
Frazier, who has declined to talk to the media, is now back on paid administrative leave.
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