DAYTONA BEACH, FL (WFLX) A Florida father is speaking out after brutally beating up a man, he says, was abusing his 11-year-old son.
Last Friday, 18-year-old Raymond Frolander, was charged with sexual battery; his face still swollen and bruised.
Dayton Beach police say Frolander was beaten by the father of the victim. "I attacked him, viciously, and I didn't stop. The only time I paused was to go to the kitchen to get a butcher knife 'cuz I was going to kill him," said the victim's father, 35-year-old Jason Browning.
Browning says he walked in on Frolander, a family friend, attacking his son. He told police he went out for a bite to eat, and when he came back, he heard something in a back bedroom. "I found my son and Raymond in the room."
He called 911, and told the dispatcher, "I just walked in and found a grown man molesting my (bleep), and I got him in a bloody puddle right now for you officer".
When Daytona Beach police showed up, they found Frolander unconscious. He was taken to the hospital and then to jail.
Police say Browning won't face any charges for the beating because he was protecting his child as a crime was being committed.
Police say Frolander admitted to the sexual battery.
Normally, we would not identify the father who's son had been sexually attacked, but he wanted to show his face and let you know, he thinks, his son is a hero. "I was going to kill him. My son stepped in front of me and saved his life. [He] just looked at me, and said, 'Sir', and shook his head. And I just put the knife down. I didn't want to traumatize him any more than he already was."
Browning says his family is trying to heal, but he felt he needed to talk publicly about this case, and let all victims of sex crimes know they do not need to be afraid to come forward. "Everyone wants to do the "not my family", "not my family". They gotta wait till it hits close to home and all that. Nine out of 10 of these are an uncle, a brother, something."
He says his son is in counseling, and he's a very tough kid who will get through this.
Browning also said this has not only affected his family emotionally, but financially, as well.