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Early Friday morning, a man in Daytona Beach came home from a quick trip to the store to find his 11-year-old son being sexually assaulted by the relative who was caring for him.  So he called the police--but not before beating the living daylights out of the perp.

Police responding to the Daytona Beach home at 1:07 a.m. Friday after the father called them found Raymond Frolander, 18, of Holly Hill lying motionless on the living room floor. Frolander had several knots on his face and was bleeding from the mouth, an arrest report states.

The 35-year-old unidentified father told police that he walked in on Frolander and interrupted him as Frolander sexually battered the boy, the report states.

Asked by the dispatcher if any weapons were involved, the father said “my foot and my fist.”

“I didn’t proceed to ask him any questions sir,” the father said. “He is nice and knocked out on the floor for you. I drug him out to the living room.”

The father says that when he came back home, he knew something was off because the house was way too quiet.  He came into a back room and found Frolander and the child there.  When Frolander stood up, the father says, "his pants were around his ankles and nothing else needed to be said."  The father then whaled on him for about 15 minutes before calling 911.  Frolander's mugshot shows him with several cuts and bruises, as well as a swollen lip.

The 11-year-old told police that Frolander had been molesting him for over three years.  The 11-year-old had been playing video games with friends, but after they left, Frolander had the boy sit on his lap, then took him into another room and started molesting him.  As we all know, it's very common for young victims of sexual assault to keep quiet about it for years.  

Frolander was treated for his injuries before being taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail on charges of sexual assault of a child under 12.  If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.  I have to wonder, though--if Frolander started abusing this boy when he was 15, was he abused himself once?  Even if that's the case, it doesn't even begin to make up for stealing three years of that little boy's life.

The father is not facing charges; indeed, Daytona Beach police chief Mike Chitwood all but praised the father for acting the way he did.

“Dad was acting like a dad. I don’t see anything we should charge the dad with,” Chitwood said. “You have an 18-year-old who has clearly picked his target, groomed his target and had sex with the victim multiple times.”

Chitwood said the suspect lives next door to the victim.

“The 18-year-old was almost like a family member,” the chief said.

Couldn't agree more with the chief.  There isn't a prosecutor in this country who could bring charges of assault and battery against a father in a case like this and keep his job.

The father called WFTV in Orlando to say that he did what any parent would do.  The victim's family is going to use the weekend to sort things out before making a statement on Monday.  That little boy's going to probably need several years, if not the rest of his life, to recover.

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