The Daytona Beach, Florida, dad who walked into his home to find a neighbor raping his 11-year-old son last week and then beat that 18-year-old neighbor into a bloodied unconscious state was initially proclaimed a hero for coming to his son’s defense and exercising his parental rights. Police defended the dad after the beatdown and didn't charge him with beating Raymond Frolander into a black and blue pulp. That righteous dad, recently identified as 35-year-old Jason Browning, is now being criticized for posting a photo of his son online in an effort to solicit monetary donations for his son’s recovery.
According to a July 22 report from Reuters, police in Daytona Beach say Browning posted his son’s image on gofundme.com and was hoping to reach a total dollar amount of $1 million in donations. Browning later reduced his goal amount “to $100,000 before the page was taken down and a link to it on his Facebook page was removed by Monday night.”
The Daytona Beach News-Journal quoted Browning’s post as stating, "Our son was sexually assaulted and we are now faced with the challenge of picking up the pieces, the emotional and financial burden is about more than we can endure.” Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood, who originally supported Browning following Frolander’s beating by saying that “the dad was acting like a dad,” was more bewildered following Browning’s gofundme.com solicitation.
"Why are you exposing your son?" Chitwood said.
"Once you put that out there, he just lost what little cloak of anonymity he already has."
Browning posted a picture of his sleeping son on gofundme.com with the headline “Rebuilding Innocence.” Browning had a link to his gofundme.com page from his Facebook page. Explaining that authorities often go to great lengths to protect the identities of sexual abuse victims, Chitwood was reportedly “dumbfounded” at Browning’s post. “It’s sad,” the chief said. “
You don’t go out and exploit what happened to this young man (the son) for money.”
“This is unbelievable,” Chitwood said. “The stigma that goes with being sexually abused is terrible.”
Following his beatdown and brief hospitalization, Frolander confessed to police that he was indeed guilty of sexually battering Browning’s son, and had been doing so for the past three years. Frolander was charged with sexual battery by an 18-year-old on a victim under 12.