The authorities have arrested a high school soccer coach this weekend along with a Florida teen girl. According to the authorities, the coach had investigated previously whether he has an inappropriate relationship with the girl.
The sheriff’s public information officer Murray Smith said, the parents of the girl were notified while the soccer coach was questioned. He said, “There was nothing seen to be inappropriate.”
However, he didn’t reveal whether the investigation officers had overlooked something. Smith said, “This is an example of how a situation that starts out and doesn’t meet the criteria of a criminal investigation can balloon into something that’s out of control.”
The teen girl went disappeared on November 26 from his home, the investigators quickly concluded that Frisina had left with the high school soccer coach, Rodriguez.
After a nationwide manhunt, a New York State Police trooper found 17-year-old Caitlyn Frisina along with the 27-year-old Rian Rodriguez in Syracuse at around 4 p.m. ET on Friday, they both were found safe in a 2001 red Mercury Sable.
The teenage girl had an emotional reuniting with her parents and then returned to Florida. The family attended the news conference on Monday.
New York State Police didn’t reveal any update about Rodriguez’s status or whether the coach has a defense lawyer.
According to the Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter, police charged Rodriguez with interference in child custody. On Monday, the coach waived extradition from Onondaga County, New York, during a court hearing which will be brought back to Florida in the upcoming weeks.
The sheriff also added that Rodriguez will face other charges which will be decided by prosecutors, such as kidnapping.
Hunter didn’t clear whether the teen girl had left her home willingly. “She looks very grown up,” he said. “She’s a 17-year-old high school student who I feel was influenced by someone who was in control, who was in a supervisory role, and that shouldn’t be.”
He added, “She’s got a lot of growing up to do, even though she’s a very strong young lady and a very good young lady. I have a lot of respect for her and I’m very proud of her that she did come and understands this is a big deal.”