A board member of the Elfrida Elementary School District in rural Cochise County is the subject of a nationwide warrant after being charged last month with multiple counts of sexual abuse stemming from a 2017 incident involving the mother of a student.
Timothy Andrew Frazier was charged June 16 by the Cochise County Attorney’s Office with eight felonies and one misdemeanor. He is named on a nationwide, full extradition arrest warrant issued June 24 which requires a $50,000 secured bond in order for Frazier to be released from custody pending trial.
Frazier, 45, had not self-surrendered nor been booked into the Cochise County as of Noon on Sunday, according to jail personnel.
The charges include five counts of felony sexual abuse, one count of felony aggravated assault while the victim was restrained, one misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure, and two counts of felony kidnapping, defined as “knowingly restraining another person with the intent to inflict…physical injury or a sexual offense on the victim, or to otherwise aid in the commission of a felony.”
The kidnap charges are Class 2 felonies which carry a presumptive sentence of five-years in prison but are probation-eligible at the judge’s discretion.
Court records show the student’s mother and her husband met with deputies from the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on Nov. 9, 2017 to report that she had been assaulted earlier in the day during a meeting at Frazier’s residence. The meeting was about “some issues” related to the district, which consists of one K-8 school about 30 miles north of Douglas along U.S. Route 191.
The woman told Deputy Rogelio Guizar that upon arrival at Frazier’s home the two hugged casually, then sat on the porch to discuss her concerns. After some time, the conversation turned to personal matters including the woman’s potential need for housing due to marital issues.
That, according to the woman, is when Frazier purportedly unzipped his pants and initiated non-consensual sexual conduct during which her shirt was torn. The incident lasted a few minutes before the woman got to her vehicle and left, the report states.
During the interview, Guizar collected the woman’s clothing, took photographs, and swabbed her body for genetic evidence. Deputies made contact Frazier who declined to be interviewed but allowed them to take a DNA swab.
Guizar’s report noted that on Jan. 1, 2018, evidence was forwarded to the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s crime lab along with a DNA sample from the woman. However, the next supplement report created by the deputy did not occur until 17 months later, on June 1, 2019.
That entry notes Guizar contacted the DPS crime lab and in response received an email showing Frazier’s DNA matched the bodily fluids taken from the woman’s body in November 2017.
The report entry further notes the woman was informed of the test results and that the deputy would be submitting the matter to the Cochise County Attorney’s Office for review. Such review is a standard practice.
But nothing further is noted in the CCSO report for another six months, when Guizar wrote a supplement which simply states, “On January 7, 2020, a felony packet was completed and submitted to be forwarded to the Cochise County Attorney’s Office. Nothing further.”
Then on June 11, more than one-year after the DNA results were known to CCSO, Deputy County Attorney Yancey Garner signed off on a nine-count criminal complaint against Frazier. The complaint was filed with the Douglas Justice Court on June 16 and the warrant for Frazier’s arrest was ordered several days later.
Anyone with information about Frazier’s whereabouts can call CCSO at 520-432-9502.
A review hearing is set in Frazier’s case for July 8. His LinkedIn profile lists Frazier’s occupation as professional beekeeper.