Texas Music DJ Justin Frazell Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault

Former North Texas country radio host Justin Frazell has plead guilty to the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl as part of a plea deal according to authorities in Tarrant County. The former morning show host of 95.9 KFWR “The Ranch” in Fort Worth was a pillar of the Texas radio community before the allegations were made public in March of 2021. Frazell was subsequently fired, and has since been accused of another indecent assault in a separate case in Denton County.

On Tuesday, April 13th, Justin Frazell was sentenced to seven years of deferred adjudication, meaning he will not serve prison time—only probation—and he will not face a criminal conviction if he successfully meets the terms of his sentence. Frazell must register as a sex offender, and is forbidden from owning firearms, or using drugs or alcohol for the duration of the sentence. According to the district attorney, the victim and her family agreed to the terms of the plea deal.

When Justin Frazell was indicted, it was on an aggravated sexual assault charge, and a lesser sexual assault charge. As part of the plea deal, the aggravated sexual assault charge was dropped, and the sexual assault charge was plead guilty to.

According to the arrest warrant from police in the Fort Worth suburb of Mansfield, Justin Frazell hosted a party at his Mansfield home on New Year’s Eve 2021 for his family and other friends. The teenage girl was there with her family, but decided to stay the night at the house where Frazell lives with his wife and two children. The alleged victim was a friend of one of Frazell’s daughters. The teens were allowed to drink at the party, and were hanging out together in one of the rooms of the house. The teenage girl then stayed in one of the bedrooms of the house after her parents and other guests had left.

Then according to Mansfield Detective S. Peacock’s warrant statement, Justin Frazell entered the bedroom, gave the teen a White Claw alcoholic drink, kissed her on her forehead, and told her, “This is between us. Don’t say I never do anything for you.” Eventually the teen fell asleep, but woke up with Frazell reportedly pulling her blanket back and performing sex acts on her without her consent. When another child in the house entered a nearby bathroom, Frazell stated he was checking on the teen, and eventually left the bedroom.

The teenage girl then began texting relatives to come get her at about 5 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Frazell went back to the bedroom, but the accuser told him to leave her alone. A relative eventually picked the teen up at the residence. She told her parents about the incident, who later called the police. The victim then went to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and a sexual assault exam was performed. Specimens were taken and sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office for analysis. According to the affidavit, investigators received lab reports back that confirmed the presence of male DNA samples collected from the victim.

After conducting multiple interviews with witnesses and collecting the DNA evidence, police filed an arrest warrant for Frazell, who was booked into the Tarrant County Jail on felony sexual assault charges on March 24th before being released on bond.

In a separate incident revealed less than a month after the sexual assault arrest, Justin Frazell was booked into the Denton County Jail on Monday, April 26th, 2021 on one count of indecent assault, which is a misdemeanor. He was released a short time later on $2,500 bail. The incident allegedly happened on December 22nd, 2020. On that day, Frazell was in Denton County conducting an interview for his Texas Red Dirt Roads program, though it’s unclear if the alleged indecent assault happened around that event. The Denton County case is still pending.

Before working at 95.9 The Ranch in Fort Worth, Justin Frazell had worked at 570 am KLIF in Dallas starting in 1996, and worked as a traffic reporter and weekend host for country station 99.5 The Wolf starting in 1998. Frazzell was regularly nominated and awarded by Texas radio organizations for his work at The Ranch, and hosted and sponsored numerous charitable events at hospitals for premature babies after his two children were born premature.

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