COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WJXT) - A former high school soccer coach in Columbia county was scheduled to be released from prison and will now be a registered sex offender.
It’s a story that made national headlines in 2017. Rian Rodriguez, 28, ran off with a 17-year-old. The then high school student Caitlyn Frisina was a soccer player on Rodriguez’s team.
Rodriguez pleaded guilty last year to interfering with custody and sex with a minor. He got credit for nearly six months in jail and is scheduled to be released from a Northwest Florida prison today.
Family, friends and authorities searched for days. When the two were discovered in New York, they were thought to be preparing to flee to Canada.
He'll be registered as a sex offender and on probation for the next eight years. Some of his restrictions, as outlined in a 16-page document, are as follows: he has a curfew from 10pm to 6am; he can't change where he lives, works or leave the county without permission from his probation officer; he must work or go to school full time or provide proof of 20 job applications each month.
He must also has to stay about three football fields or about two tenths of a mile away from schools, parks, playgrounds and other places where children are known to spend time.
According to officials he will be returning to Lake City.