Trial begins for 3 former school officials linked to Frazier scandal

Bradenton, Florida -- The trial for three former school district officials linked to the Rod Frazier scandal at Manatee High School is under way Monday.

Former Manatee High Principal Robert Gagnon and former assistant principals Matthew Kane and Gregg Faller face felony charges for not reporting suspicions of child abuse to the state abuse hotline.

Defense attorneys for Gagnon, Kane and Faller told Judge Peter Dubensky that the allegations are not credible. Richard Reinhart, Gagnon's attorney, says those who knew something failed to communicate it properly and the stories that have been told have changed over time.

Back in February 2013, Manatee High School's former assistant football coach Rod Frazier came under investigation after a student came forward saying he "grabbed her more than 100 times and once asked her for a naked picture.

See also: Student says high school coach "grabbed her butt"

The girl also said Frazier would regularly pull her out of class to spend time in his office, and he would constantly call and text her and tell her he loved her.

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During their investigation into Frazier, Bradenton police also found porn and links to adult sites on Rod Frazier's school computer.

In September 2013, the school district recommended the termination of 5 administrators for not reporting the allegations.

They included:

* Robert Gagnon, assistant superintendent and former principal at Manatee High School

* Greg Faller, former Manatee High School assistant principal and current assistant principal at Palmetto High School

* Matt Kane, former Manatee High School assistant principal and current assistant principal at Southeast High School

* Deborah Horne, former investigator in the Office of Professional Standards and current assistant principal at Robert H. Prine Elementary School, and

* Scott Martin, former assistant superintendent and current staff attorney

The case is being heard in Courtroom 5A.

The trial is expected to last all week. If found guilty the three men face up to 5 years in jail.

You can get live updates from the trial below:


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