A Florida teenager who was found with a high school soccer coach in upstate New York on Friday was afraid to leave the country with him, court documents show.
A friend of 17-year-old Caitlyn Frisina told her parents Teen said that coach Rian Rodriguez wanted her to leave the country with him, but he was afraid to do so, says Rodríguez's arrest affidavit obtained by WJAX-TV.
Frisina said that "she did not know how to get out of that and if she did he would ruin her life," the friend said, according to the affidavit.
The pair was found in North Syracuse on Friday after authorities detected a red Mercury with a Florida license plate. The police arrested Rodriguez, 27, and accused him of interfering with the custody of the children.
Frisina met with her parents on Saturday.
"We hope to spend much more time together," said her mother Scarlet Frisina at a press conference. "We are very grateful to have her back."
Documents show that Frisina's parents also found Snapchat messages between her daughter and Rodriguez after she disappeared from her home. In addition, a friend of the teenager told them that the couple previously "got hooked".
A resource officer investigated a rumor in August that the teenager and Rodriguez were in a relationship, but concluded that it was not true, WJAX reported. A friend of Rodriguez also interrogated him about taking Frisina to a corn maze.
Rodriguez was a soccer coach for children at the Frisina school, Fort White High School in Florida. He was suspended in the middle of an investigation, the superintendent of Columbia County schools, Lex Carswell, said in a statement to ABC News.
Rodriguez is currently being held in the Onondaga County jail and has a court appearance on Monday.
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