Affidavit: Teen Who Fled 'Didn't Know How to Get Out of It'

Caitlyn Frisina is back home and Rian Rodriguez is in jail
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2017 3:26 PM CST
Friend Says Coach Pressured Teen to Leave the Country
Caitlyn Frisina and Rian Rodriguez   (Columbia County Sheriffs Office)

The 27-year-old school soccer coach who was found with a high school girl days after she was reported missing allegedly pressured the teen to leave the country with him. Caitlyn Frisina, 17, disappeared from her home in Fort White, Fla., on Nov. 26, and on Friday, Frisina and Rian Rodriguez were found by a police officer in Syracuse, NY, People reports. Though police initially said there were no signs of a relationship between the two, that seems to be giving way: The arrest affidavit for Rodriguez alleges that one of Frisina's friends said the girl's relationship with Rodriguez was sexual in nature and that he pushed her to leave the country with him. The document alleges Frisina told friends "she didn't know how to get out [of] it and if she did he would mess up her life."

Though the phone she left behind had been erased, the affidavit says data pulled from the SIM card also suggests the two were involved in a sexual relationship. At a press conference held Monday in Florida, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter said Frisina—who was in attendance—had been "influenced by someone who was in control, was in a supervisory role. She's got a lot of growing up to do even though she's a very strong young lady." The affidavit alleges Frisina's mother called her daughter's friends after she went missing and learned she was possibly in a relationship with Rodriguez, ABC News reports. Rodriguez is currently being held in New York on charges of custodial interference. (More high school stories.)

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