Parents of Florida runaway teen open up about reunion


A Florida teenage girl who was found with a high school soccer coach in upstate NY on Friday was afraid to leave the country with the man because "he would mess up her life" and had exchanged sexual messages on Snapchat with him, the arrest affidavit revealed.

Teen's mother Scarlet Frisina said, "Ward and I and Caitlyn are very exhausted, worn out, in fact, physically and emotionally, and we feel that: she's home, she's OK, we're seeking counseling to help us work through things".

Her soccer coach, Rian Rodriguez, 27, has been arrested and charged as a fugitive of justice.

Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter said during Monday's news conference that he feels Frisina was "influenced" by Rodriguez.

He encouraged Rodriguez to apply for the high school coaching job that brought him into their lives.

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Frisina was reunited with her family over the weekend in Syracuse.

"We're looking forward to a lot more time together", Scarlet Frisina told the news station. "But I absolutely believe that she was lied to and totally misled", her mother, Scarlet Frisina, told CBS News, earlier on Friday.

It wasn't immediately clear if Rodriguez has a lawyer. He waived his right to an extradition hearing Monday, agreeing to be returned to Florida from NY. He said Frisina has family in NY and Rodriguez has family in Canada and possibly Pennsylvania. On November 25 Frisina's family contacted police after Frisina reportedly climbed out of her bedroom window and left town with Rodriguez.

"Its been hard. I'm glad I have my daughter back where I know I can protect her and keep her safe as a father always wants to do", Ward said. Police say Rodriguez had spent childhood vacations in the area.

"She didn't know how to get out it and if she did he would mess up her life", the friend said Frisnia told her. That was the teen's last known location, Smith said. "She was also very emotional, as you can imagine, and regretful for some of the decisions she'd made".