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Manatee H.S. coach accused of groping

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Manatee County's Superintendent speaks to the press Manatee County's Superintendent speaks to the press
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

35-year-old Rod Frazier has been under scrutiny for many months.

He's an assistant football coach and parent liaison at Manatee High School and on Friday, the state attorney issued 10 misdemeanor charges against him.

They include seven counts of battery, because of claims he allegedly touched students and fellow teachers inappropriately.

The other three misdemeanors are charges of interference with the attendance of a school pupil in a school or classroom.

The Bradenton Police Department's probable cause affidavit says Frazier groped a former student's buttocks, grabbed her waist and made her sit on his lap.

Another graduate says Frazier gave her long hugs, and would often wipe his hand against her buttocks.

She also says Frazier asked her to put on a show for him, meaning have sex with another person and allow him to watch.

It says he would often pull a student out of French class to hang around in the office.

A guidance counselor says Frazier tapped his hand on her chest and bra area.

Now with these new charges, the school system will resume their investigation starting on Tuesday.

Depending on the investigation, Superintendent Rick Mills will decide whether Frazier should be fired.

But Frazier's attorney Eddie Mulock says these claims are unfounded.

Mulock said, "I think it's all been blown out of proportion frankly. And it's proven out by the fact that they just charged misdemeanors."

He says Frazier is anxious to get this situation behind him.

"We're dealing with partially rumors, we're dealing with hysterical young girls sometimes," said Mulock.

Mulock believes his client is innocent, but he worries about Frazier's future at Manatee High School.

"I don't think he's gonna go back into coaching. And I don't know whether they would even want to, he's been tarnished so bad, want him back in there," Mulock said.

Superintendent Mills is now ordering a change in training practices. Before August 31st, all school district employees must take part in training to identify and report suspected child abuse.

Before, only instructional personnel were obligated to take this training.

"If an incident were to occur, all employees should be aware of what our requirements are in identifying it, evaluating it, in terms of does it meet the criteria for suspected reporting of child abuse," said Mills.

Frazier has a summons to appear in court on August 8th at 8:30am.  

Mulock said Frazier will not be there. He will instead file a written appearance and plead not guilty.

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