DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A teenager who was beaten unconscious after a Daytona Beach father says he found him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son will undergo HIV testing.
On Thursday, 18-year-old Raymond Frolander pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual battery on a child under 12.
The boy's 35-year-old father told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that he requested the test because he wants to know if Frolander passed something on to his son. The father is not being named so that the child is not identified.
Frolander is being held without bail in the Volusia County Jail following the July 18 incident. Investigators said the suspect confessed to assaulting the boy, according to the paper.
Police say the father beat Frolander with his fists after walking in on the abuse. The father has not been charged.
The boy later told investigators that Frolander had been molesting him since he was 8 years old.
The father told the newspaper his son is doing well. "[My son] is not letting anything keep him down," he said. "He talks to me about [the incident] because we have that in common."
The dad told the News-Journal that he too had been sexually abused, by a male family member, when he was 4 years old. He said he never told his mother about it for fear that his abuser would harm his family.
"I was a little boy, I believed him," the father said. "I didn't say anything about it until I was 25 years old.... [My son] wants other kids to know that it's okay to talk about it, that there's nothing to be ashamed of."