Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:02 a.m.
DAYTONA BEACH — A Daytona Beach father who walked in on a man sexually battering his 11-year-old son Friday said he did what he had a right to do when he beat the suspect unconscious, leaving him in a puddle of blood, according to a 9-1-1 call.
The father was acting like a dad, said Daytona Beach police Chief Mike Chitwood.
Police responding to the Daytona Beach home at 1:07 a.m. Friday after the father called them found Raymond Frolander, 18, of Holly Hill lying motionless on the living room floor. Frolander had several knots on his face and was bleeding from the mouth, an arrest report states.
The 35-year-old unidentified father told police that he walked in on Frolander and interrupted him as Frolander sexually battered the boy, the report states.
Asked by the dispatcher if any weapons were involved, the father said “my foot and my fist.”
“I didn’t proceed to ask him any questions sir,” the father said. “He is nice and knocked out on the floor for you. I drug him out to the living room.”
The father was not charged in Frolander’s beating, police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said.
“Dad was acting like a dad. I don’t see anything we should charge the dad with,” Chitwood said. “You have an 18-year-old who has clearly picked his target, groomed his target and had sex with the victim multiple times.”
Chitwood said the suspect lives next door to the victim.
“The 18-year-old was almost like a family member,” the chief said.
Asked in the 9-1-1 call if the man was injured, the father told the dispatcher he believed Frolander needed help.
“Send an ambulance. He is going to need one,” the father said.
Frolander was treated for his injuries at Halifax Health Medical Center. His jail picture shows several cuts, bruises and swelling on his face.
According to Frolander’s arrest affidavit, police say when they questioned him he admitted sexually battering the child and said, “I’m guilty.”
Frolander was charged with sexual battery by an 18-year-old on a victim under 12 and is being held without bail, Volusia County Branch Jail records show.
The child told investigators that he was playing video games with friends but after the friends left, Frolander asked the boy to sit in his lap and then took him to a back room, the report states.
Frolander then pulled the boy’s pants down and started sexually battering him, the boy told police, adding that Frolander had been abusing him since he was 8 years old, investigators said.
Chitwood said, in these types of sex cases, it’s often people who are trusted — like in the Warner Christian case, where fifth-grade teacher Matthew Graziotti was arrested on federal charges of producing and possessing child porn — that hurt children.
There is “something that’s lost that you can never get back and that’s innocence,” the chief said.
“When (the victim) sat on the 18-year-old’s lap, he knew what was next,” Chtiwood said. “The young man was in fear that if he didn’t comply, he would get hurt.”
In the 9-1-1 call the father said he stepped out of his home to get food and when he came back he knew something was not right because the house was too quiet. He walked into the room and saw Frolander and the child, he said to a dispatcher.
“He stood up and his pants were around his ankles and nothing else needed to be said,” the father told the dispatcher. “I did whatever I got a right to do except I didn’t kill him.”
He added, “You are damn lucky boy that I love my God.”
— Staff Writer Katie Kustura contributed to this report.
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