September 26, 2019 16:25:06
A former swim coach charged with 57 child sex offences involving 11 boys from the same swim school is expected to return home to his family after spending just over week inside a Sydney jail.
- Paul Frost is the son of Doug Frost, who used to coach Ian Thorpe and the 2000 Sydney Olympics swim team
- The police said the alleged victims, now adults, were unlikely to have been in contact with each other
- The judge granted Mr Frost bail due to his clean criminal record and financial hardship imposed on his family
Paul Frost, who started a restaurant after making it to the finals of reality television series Masterchef, wore prison greens and was cleanly shaven when he faced Sutherland Court today.
The 43-year-old was arrested at his Sylvania home in Sydney’s south last week, accused of grooming and sexually assaulting two boys.
But before his bail hearing today, he faced 47 additional charges, including aggravated sexual assault offences, involving another nine boys between the ages of eight and 16.
The Sylvania man is the son of Olympic swimming coach Doug Frost, who used to coach Ian Thorpe and Australia’s team at the Sydney Olympics.
The alleged abuse took place at his father’s business, the Doug Frost Swim School at Padstow, between 1997 and 2009.
His defence barrister, Sebastian De Brennan, questioned the timing of the 11 alleged victims coming forward to police.
“The corroborating of all this, why have these individuals come forward now? What is striking about this is that they were all part of the swim class,” he said.
“And the possibility of concoction or contamination.”
But the police prosecutor said the alleged victims were adults now and were unlikely to have been in contact with each other.
“It’s not the complainant of one child who comes forward some years later, it’s a number of complainants … the allegations are very similar in nature,” he said.
Police allege the oldest victim was raped by Mr Frost.
Magistrate Chris McRobert decided to grant him bail given his clean criminal record and the recent financial hardship placed on his wife and two sons, aged 11 and 14.
The court heard he lost his casual jobs as a teacher at his son’s school, and as a lecturer at the UNSW, rather than being suspended on full pay “like anyone in a permanent role facing serious allegations”.
The magistrate agreed it was a strong case based on witnesses “in that they told a very similar story” but that the behaviour of the accused had been “exemplary” since the last alleged offence occurred 10 years ago.
“It does seem like his marriage and having children has reduced the offending,” he said.
As part of his bail conditions, Mr Frost will have to post $10,000, surrender his passport, hand over the title deeds to his house and not contact any alleged victims.
He remains behind bars at Silverwater Correctional Centre while his legal team works to secure the bail.
September 26, 2019 15:48:28