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Former Manatee principal acquitted in abuse case

The former principal of Manatee High School, accused of failing to report allegations of abuse by a coach, was acquitted by a judge Tuesday in response to a defense motion after the prosecution rested.

Robert Gagnon and two other former school administrators have been on trial in connection to an investigation into former assistant football coach Rod Frazier.

Similar acquittal motions for the others, former assistant principals Gregg Faller and Matthew Kane, were denied by judge Peter Dubensky. The trial continues for them.

Each was charged with one misdemeanor count of failing to report child abuse and one felony count of failing to report child abuse in connection.

Employees testified they had told the defendants about Frazier’s actions. However, the judge ruled what they told Gagnon did not meet the definition of abuse, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

In April, Frazier pleaded no contest to four counts of misdemeanor battery and two counts of school interference. He was sentenced to house arrest and three years of probation.

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