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Former Manatee football coach accused of groping students gets house arrest

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Rod Frazier pleaded no contest to numerous counts of battery on Wednesday morning. Rod Frazier pleaded no contest to numerous counts of battery on Wednesday morning.
Rod Frazier pleaded no contest to numerous counts of battery on Wednesday morning. Rod Frazier pleaded no contest to numerous counts of battery on Wednesday morning.
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

A former Manatee High School assistant football coach accused of groping students and teachers was sentenced to house arrest and has surrendered his teaching license.

Rod Frazier pleaded no contest to numerous counts of battery on Wednesday morning.

He was charged with seven counts of battery in connection with allegations that he groped students and teachers.

Investigators with the Bradenton Police Department say Frazier groped a former student's buttocks, grabbed her waist and made her sit on his lap.

Another former student said Frazier gave her long hugs and would often wipe his hand against her buttocks. She also said Frazier asked her to put on a show for him, requesting that she have sex with another person and allow him to watch.

A guidance counselor had claimed that Frazier tapped his hand on her chest and bra area.

Under the terms agreed upon with the state, Frazier will be placed under probation for three years and will have six months of house arrest.

He has also surrendered his coaching and teaching licenses and will have no willful contact with his victims.

Prosecutors say from 2006 to 2012, Frazier allegedly groped some students and teachers. He was later charged with misdemeanors and he resigned.

He had a trial set for June, but the state dropped some of the charges. Wednesday in court, Frazier pled no contest to six counts.

After pleading, the judge addressed him in court.

"By pleading no contest you are admitting there is at least there is a factual basis for each one of these charges that you're pleading to, do you understand that?" the judge asked.

"Yes sir,” replied Frazier.

Frazier be on house arrest for six months, and be on probation for three years.

He did not want to speak to the press, but his attorney Eddie Mulock did.

Mulock said, "There was not ever one piece of evidence. Not one piece of evidence that Mr. Frazier ever had sexual relations with anybody or touched any girls in intimate locations."

Mulock said the investigation was flawed, and Frazier is innocent.

"Mr. Frazier is trying to work hard. He's run out of funds. He has no more funds to fight the thing,” said Mulock. “It really was in his best interest both financially, emotionally, it’s taken a toll on him too.”

Alice Kaddatz, a mother of one of the alleged victims is happy this ordeal is over.

Kaddatz said, “To find out when I did, long after the fact and have to go through this and sit in court just to hear what happened to my daughter, it's been hard."

Frazier has since started a new job at a tomato plant, and his attorney says it was in his best interest to agree to this deal.

“He did not admit any guilt. It’s a no contest, best interest plea,” said Mulock.

Frazier has been ordered to have no contact with the victims, and he is banned for life from coaching or teaching in Florida.

He will also do 90 days of community service.

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