Former Manatee High principal acquitted of charges

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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:04 am

**UPDATE** -- The judge presiding over the trial of ex-Manatee High employees Robert Gagnon, Gregg Faller and Matthew Kane has granted a motion filed by Gagnon's attorney to acquit the former principal Gagnon. Similar motions filed by Faller's and Kane's attorneys were denied, meaning the trial continues for both of them.

We'll have a full update on the trial coming up during the 5 p.m. newscast.


BRADENTON, Fla. -- The trial for three former Manatee High School administrators accused of failing to report child abuse will resumed Tuesday morning. The accusations are in connection to the case of former coach Rod Frazier.

Manatee High teacher Patricia Aragon was among the first to take the stand. In her testimony, she gave details about a conversation between Frazier and a student in her class.

She says that alleged conversation was the final straw that caused her to speak out. But she says the administrator she told never acted. "I said ‘why did he call you?’ And she said ‘he wanted to know if I got my period yet’. My heart sunk because I had seen a lot of building up of inappropriate behavior with him, on campus and taking girls out (of class) behind closed doors, and it was a lot of this stuff, and it built up and when he called the girl and asked did if she had his period".

In cross examination, the defense raised several questions with Aragon's testimony.

Among them, she failed to tell the original investigator key information that she is now alleging took place between Frazier and female students.

Court will get underway again Tuesday morning at 9am.

ABC 7’s Bobeth Yates is continuing to follow this story and will have more tonight on ABC 7 News.

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