Son of Thorpe's former coach to face 61 charges of child sexual abuse at swim school

Four more charges have been laid against the son of Olympic legend Ian Thorpe's former coach after two more alleged victims came forward to police.

Former Padstow swim coach Paul Douglas Frost, 44, is now facing a total 61 charges for the alleged sexual assault of 13 male alleged victims under the age of 16 at the Doug Frost Swim School between 1997 and 2009.

All of the complainants are former swim students of the accused.

Paul Frost is accused of assaulting 13 boys during his time as a swim coach.

Frost was handed down the new charges of aggravated indecent assault and inciting indecent acts at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday.

Within the 61 charges, Frost is accused of touching a number of his victims over and under their swimwear, swimming naked with one of his victims, providing one of the boys with pornographic material and alcohol, and forcing a number of his victims to touch one another indecently. Police allege Frost also orally raped three of the victims, who were between the age of 12 and 15 at the time.

Police say Mr Frost was working at the Doug Frost Swim School part-time at the time of the assaults before the swim school was deregistered in 2012.

Mr Frost's father Doug was Thorpe's swimming coach during the time of the alleged assaults. Doug Frost, who founded the swim school in 1978, was a coach on the 1998 Commonwealth Games team and at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

After the closure of the pool, Paul Frost had a stint in hospitality and entered series one of MasterChef, police said.

There is no suggestion that either Thorpe or Doug Frost were involved or knew about any wrongdoing.

Police believe Thorpe and the accused would have crossed paths at some point during his father's time as the Olympic champion's swim coach.

The accused's wife, who works as a national food manager for IKEA, provided written testimony stating she was in "shock and utter disbelief" at the charges against her "loving and caring husband".

Ms Frost said their 10-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter had been left traumatised after their father was arrested "in front of them as they were getting ready to leave for school".

She expressed concern about her husband's "very gentle personality" making him "extremely vulnerable in the prison environment".

The court heard how Mr Frost had "initial success" with "restaurants and a catering business" after appearing as a finalist on MasterChef in 2009 but filed for bankruptcy in 2016.


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