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The incident occurred in Daytona Beach, Florida on Friday July 18th, 2014. Jason Browning had left his home around 1am to pick up some food and when he returned, heard a strange noise coming from the bedroom. He pushed open the door and allegedly found Frolander with his pants down performing a sex act on the child. The 11-year-old boy told police that Frolander asked him to sit in his lap and then took him to a back room, where he pulled the boy’s pants down and started sexually battering him. Upon seeing this spectacle, the outraged father, who himself was molested as a child, immediately beat the hell out of Frolander, leaving him with swollen lips and eyes, bruising and lacerations around the face and the neck. Browning then phoned 911 and told the dispatcher to send an ambulance. Frolander was taken to Halifax Heath Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.
Adding insult to injury is that the 11-year-old boy says that Frolander has been molesting him for three years and told him that terrible things would happen if he reported the abuse. Frolander, who lived next door to the Brownings, had frequently visited the Browning home to play video games with the 11-year-old son, and was treated like family -- and this is how he repaid their hospitality.
Since this story first broke, media sources identified the father as Jason Browning and are reporting that Browning was prepared to kill Frolander, except his 11-year-old son stopped him from doing so. After beating Frolander comatose, Browning says he went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife, intending to kill Frolander, but Browning's son stepped in front of his father and stopped him.
Police say Frolander admitted the abuse, and he is now charged with with sexual battery on a child under 12 and is being held without bail. The good news: Police also say Jason Browning WILL NOT BE CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME. Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood told WFTS "Dad was acting like a dad. I don't see anything we should charge the dad with. You have an 18-year-old who has clearly picked his target, groomed his target and had sex with the victim multiple times". But Chief Chitwood subsequently expressed disappointment in learning that Browning put his son’s picture on social media, starting a Facebook page entitled "Help Restore My Son’s Innocence", and soliciting donations. It appears he was looking for funds to help pay for his sons anticipated psychological counseling. Nevertheless, the latter has also attracted some criticism on the Mixed Martial Arts Forum.
Even more details have been published by the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Frolander also told detectives that he, too, had been sexually abused when he was a child at a foster home in California. In an interesting twist, Frolander was rooming with the rape victim’s biological mother. Additionally, Frolander’s stepmother is engaged to the rape victim’s father, and the stepmother was married at one time to Frolander’s biological father. And Frolander’s biological father, Mariano Estrella of California, said Monday July 21st that Frolander has had behavioral issues since he was a child.
Despite the controversy over the fund solicitation, Jason Browning is a hero and acted like a real father!