The Daytona Beach father who caught his pre-teen son being molested by an 18-year-old neighbor and beat the attacker severely will face no charges after a Florida chief of police said that he intends to look the other way. Daytona Beach police were notified of the incident on Friday at approximately 1:00 a.m. when the father, 35, phoned 911 to report that he had walked in on Raymond Frolander as he was sexually assaulting the man’s son. During the call, the father tells dispatch that he had knocked Frolander unconscious and left him “in a puddle of blood.”
When police arrived on the scene, they found Frolander, not moving, on the living room floor, where the father had dragged him after the beating. Frolander had several facial contusions and was bleeding out of his mouth. Photos of the abuser taken after the assault show him with a misshapen face, bloody lips, scratch marks on his neck and multiple contusions around his eyes. He was taken to the Halifax Health Medical Center in Florida for treatment of his injuries.
According to the chief of the Daytona Beach, Florida, police force, Michael Chitwood, this was not the first time that Frolander had assaulted the 11-year-old boy. Chitwood told the Associated Press that Frolander had chosen and “groomed” his victim and had ultimately had sexual intercourse with him on multiple occasions. Frolander lived next to the victim and his family and was considered to be almost a part of the victim’s family. Chitwood explained that in sexual abuse cases, it is often the people who are most trusted that end up abusing children.
During an interview with investigators, the victim related that he and his friends had been playing video games the night of the incident. When his friends left, Frolander asked the victim if he would sit in his lap and then led him into another room toward the back of the home. At that point, Frolander pulled the victim’s pants down and began to sexually assault him. The boy told police that he had been a victim of Frolander from the time he was eight years old. Although he knew what Frolander was going to do as soon as he was asked to sit in his lap, he was afraid that he would be hurt if he did not comply.
In a transcript of his call to 911, the father tells dispatch that he had gone out to get something to eat and when he returned to the home, it was “too quiet,” leading him to believe that something was amiss. When he entered the back room, he saw his child with his pants down with Frolander and he knew instantly what was happening. During the call, the father seems to address Frolander directly, saying, “You are damn lucky boy that I love my God.”
Frolander has been charged with a felony sexual battery of a victim under 12 years old. He is being held without bail. According to the affidavit of his arrest, when police questioned Frolander, he admitted to the abuse, saying “I’m guilty.” The father has not been charged, and if Chief Chitwood has his way, no charges will result from the beating of Frolander by his victim’s father. When a CNN reporter with a Florida affiliate asked Chitwood if he was bothered by the beating administered by the father, he responded, “Not as a police chief and not as a father.”
By Jennifer Pfalz