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Coach arrested in new york with a teenager, booked into Florida jail

LAKE CITY, Florida. – A Florida football coach arrested in New York after allegations that he ran away with a teenage girl is sent back to his country of origin.

Online jail records show that the 27-year-old Rian Rodriguez posted Thursday in the Columbia County Detention Facility on charges of assault and interference with the custody of the children.

Rodriguez and the 17-year-old were found in Syracuse, New York, on Dec. 1 after a multistate search. Rodriguez was arrested and held until Florida authorities could collect him. The girl’s parents flew to New York earlier this month to pick her up. Officials say that she had sneaked from her home in Fort White, Florida, in Nov. 25.

Officials at Fort White High School have suspended Rodriguez from his coaching position.

Rodriguez remained in custody Friday on $125,000 bail. A telephone message left with Rodriguez’s lawyer was not immediately returned.

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