Coach now faces sex charge
Rian Rodriguez was charged with sexual activity with a minor and interference with a child's custody in his first court appearance Friday morning, and State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister said those will likely be the only two charges he will face.
"We are most likely gonna file two charges," Siegmeister said.
There is always the possibility of more state charges or federal charges, but formal charges are expected to be filed later today or Monday. Court proceedings will follow, barring a plea deal.
Judge Tom Coleman set bond at $125,000 during Rodriguez's video court appearance from the jail on Friday and said he would have to have a GPS monitoring device and no contact with minor children, the victim or the victim's family if let out on bail. He also cannot have alcohol or possess a firearm.
Engaging in sexual intercourse with a person 16 or 17 years of age as a person 24 years or older is a second-degree felony, while interfering with child custody is a third-degree felony.
Rodriguez arrived at Columbia County Jail around 5 p.m. Thursday after being extradited from Onondaga County in New York.
Rodriguez, a former soccer coach at Fort White High School, came into the public eye in November after disappearing with 17-year-old Caitlyn Frisina, a soccer player at Fort White.
They were on the road for nearly a week before being found near Syracuse, New York, on Dec. 1.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office believes their relationship started in August or September.