Swim coach on 60 sex charges

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - ELIZA BARR

THE son of Ian Thorpe’s for­mer swim coach now faces more than 60 child sex abuse charges af­ter two new al­leged vic­tims came for­ward to po­lice.

Four ad­di­tional charges of ag­gra­vated in­de­cent as­sault and in­cit­ing in­de­cent acts per­tain­ing to two new al­leged vic­tims were laid when Paul Frost, 44, faced Bankstown Lo­cal Court last week.

The for­mer pri­mary school teacher now faces a to­tal of 61 charges against 13 male al­leged vic­tims aged eight to 16 who he coached at Doug Frost Swim School in Pad­stow be­tween 1997 and 2009.

The al­le­ga­tions against Frost in­clude that he orally raped the boys, swam naked with them, plied them with al­co­hol be­fore show­ing them pornog­ra­phy, touched their gen­i­talia over and un­der their Speedos and forced the boys to touch each other.

In an af­fi­davit Frost’s wife Ivana said his ar­rest in front of their chil­dren at their Syl­va­nia home on Septem­ber 18 had left the fam­ily “trau­ma­tised”.

“He has been a lov­ing and car­ing hus­band and fa­ther,” she wrote to the court. “I am in shock and dis­be­lief at the charges that have been brought against Paul.”

Frost was granted bail on Septem­ber 25 on strict con­di­tions akin to house ar­rest.

Po­lice re­cently warned res­i­dents not to take the law into their own hands af­ter fly­ers call­ing him an “ac­cused sex­ual predator” hit Syl­va­nia let­ter­boxes. “I un­der­stand the con­cept of in­no­cent un­til proven guilty but in this case I firmly be­lieve the neigh­bour­hood chil­dren’s safety should be the pri­or­ity,” the flyer stated.

OC­TO­BER 19, ROYAL RAND­WICK

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