Report: Columbia County teen afraid to leave country with former soccer coach

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Columbia County teenager Caitlyn Frisina who went missing with her former soccer coach last weekend was afraid to leave the country with him, new court records show. 

The 17-year-old  was located safe in central New York on Friday. Her former soccer coach Rian Rodriguez, 27, is currently in jail on a charge of interference with a child's custody.

According to Rodriguez's arrest warrant affidavit, a friend of Frisina told her parents the teenager said Rodriguez wanted her to leave the country with him. 

The affidavit says that friend also told them Caitlyn said Rodriguez wanted her to leave the country with him and “she didn’t know how to get out it and if she did he would mess up her life.”

In addition, Frisina’s parents discovered sexual messages on Snapchat between her and Rodriguez after her disappearance.

Rodriguez’s arrest warrant affidavit says a friend of Caitlyn’s told her parents after her disappearance that Caitlyn “hooked up” with Rodriguez.

The affidavit also reveals that a school resource officer investigated a rumor in August that Frisina and Rodriguez were in a relationship but concluded it was false.

Rodriguez’s warrant affidavit also says a friend of Rodriguez told investigators he questioned the coach about taking Caitlyn to a corn maze. 

Frisina was found in North Syracuse, over 1,000 miles from Lake City. The 2001 red Mercury Sable in which she was riding was spotted by a New York State Police officer who initiated a traffic stop.

New York State Police said the Sable then pulled into a parking lot in front of a Subway where Rodriguez and Frisina were taken into custody without incident.

Frisina has since been reunited with her family Saturday. A Frisina family member posted photos of the reunion. 

The teen had tears in her eyes and clung to her father as her parents spoke about their reunion.

“We’re looking forward to a lot more time together,” said her mother Scarlet Frisina. “We had a very beautiful, wonderful, very emotional reunion with her a little while ago and we are so thankful to have her back.”

“It’s been difficult. I’m glad to have my daughter back where I know I can protect her and keep her safe, as a father always wants to do,” said Caitlyn’s father Ward Frisina.

Jail records show Rodriguez is due in Onondaga court Monday. 

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said additional charges are possible and they will hold a press conference Monday to update the case. 

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