Raymond Frolander will spend the next 25 years in prison for molesting a young boy

By Michael Miller
Updated April 04, 2015 02:40 AM
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Credit: Courtesy Volusia County Corrections

A man who was severely beaten by the father of a young boy he was allegedly molesting will spend the next 25 years behind bars.

Raymond Frolander, who was 18 at the time of his arrest, took a plea bargain with a Daytona, Florida, court on Thursday to avoid a mandatory life-sentence for sexually abusing a minor. Instead, he pled no contest to a charge of lewd or lascivious molestation of a child, NBC reports.

The story made headlines when pictures surfaced of Frolander’s bruised and swollen face – the result of a brutal beating he suffered at the hands of the 11-year-old boy’s father, who beat him unconscious after catching Frolander in the act.

“I just walked in and found a grown man molesting [my child], and I’ve got him in a bloody puddle for you right now,” Jason Browning, the boy’s father, told police on the day of the beating last summer, CNN reported.

No charges were brought against Browning for the assault.

Frolander was like a family member to Browning’s son and had been molesting him for some time, Daytona Beach police Chief Mike Chitwood said.

When asked whether he had a problem with the apparent vigilantism, Chitwood told CNN, “Not as a police chief and not as a father.”

When Frolander is released from prison he will be required to register as a sex offender and will be outfitted with a GPS monitor, according to WESH.

“He’s going to learn in the next 25 years why I let him live,” Browning told WESH after the verdict.