An enraged father who walked in on a man raping his son took justice into his own hands and brutally beat the molester within an inch of his life according to a news report on July 19 from CNN. The Volusia County Jail’s mugshot of the battered pedophile, Raymond Frolander, has gone viral. And the sordid story has become international news, appearing in news media worldwide, including the Mirror in the United Kingdom, the Irish Independent, China Topix, Delhi Daily News in India, and Australia’s News.com.
The Atlanta Daily World on July 20, reports that Frolander, 18, admitted sexually assaulting the man’s son and is being held without bail in at the Orange County Jail in Florida, lucky to be alive. After brutally beating Frolander until he was unconscious and dragging him from his son’s bedroom to the living room, the victim’s distraught father called 911 and told the police that he’d walked in on a man molesting his son, telling them “I did whatever I got a right to do except that I didn’t kill him.”
The father also told the police to send an ambulance because the molester would need one. When asked by the police. If any weapons were involved, the father replied “Yes – my foot and my fists.” The father said that he did not question Frolander, a formerly trusted family friend, any because when he walked in Frolander quickly stood up with his pants around his ankles. The distraught dad said nothing needed to be said because it was obvious what was going on.
Articles on July 20 from the Christian News Network and other media outlets provide additional details about the sexual assault. Apparently the boy’s father left the apartment to get some food. The 11-year-old victim told police he’d been playing video games with some of his friends and that Frolander, a trusted friend of the family was also there.
The boy said that after his friends went home, he was left alone with Frolander who asked him to sit in his lap and then took him to a back room. Although he knew what was about to happen, he was afraid Frolander would hurt him if he did not comply The victim told child protective services that what happened was not an isolated incident. He said Frolander had been abusing him off and on since he was 8 years old.
When Police Chief Michael Chitwood was asked if he had any issue with how the father responded, he replied "Not as a police chief and not as a father." He added, “Dad was acting like a dad. I don’t see anything we should charge the dad with.”
NOTE: Under Florida law, the father had the right to use force in the defense of his child.
The names of the father and his son were not released to the public in order to protect the identity of the minor as victim of sexual abuse. The father will not be charged with beating the molester because he saw a crime being committed against his child and he had the right to protect his child. Frolander, however, is facing decades in prison for sexual battery by an 18-year-old on a victim under 12.