A MasterChef Australia finalist who sexually abused 11 youngsters he coached at a swimming college has been jailed for a minimal 24 years.
Paul Douglas Frost learnt his destiny at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court docket on Thursday, greater than 4 years after he was arrested.
Decide Sarah Huggett sentenced Frost – who starred on the Community Ten present’s first season – to a most time period of 32 years for committing 43 offences over greater than a decade towards youngsters as younger as 10.
Decide Huggett mentioned Frost was sexually interested in pubescent youngsters and his offending was marked by its ‘escalating gravity and brazenness’.
‘He moved from one sufferer to the following as and when he so desired,’ she mentioned.
Sydney swimming coach and MasterChef Australia finalist Paul Douglas Frost has been jailed for a minimal 24 years for sexually abusing 11 youngsters over 13 years
Frost was discovered responsible by a jury on June 14 of sexually abusing 11 former swimming college students – 10 boys and one lady – over 13 years within the Nineteen Nineties and 2000s.
His youngest sufferer was 9 or 10 when she was first violated, the oldest a boy who Frost had molested till the age of 16.
Decide Huggett mentioned Frost had by no means acknowledged his crimes and positioned no weight in character references together with one from a person who claimed the paedophile was ‘a champion and protector of younger individuals of all ages’.
‘The offender continues to claim his innocence in relation to all 43 offences,’ Decide Huggett mentioned.
‘There is no such thing as a proof that might allow me to seek out on steadiness that he’s contrite or remorseful.’
‘Every of the victims have suffered and can sadly proceed to undergo on account of the offending.’
Frost, who made it the finals of the primary sequence of MasterChef Australia in 2009 (above), was assaulted in July when he arrived at Shortland Correctional Centre within the NSW Hunter Valley
Decide Huggett mentioned Frost had proven no obvious concern about his depravity being uncovered within the decade main as much as his arrest.
‘He escaped justice for many years and loved life in the neighborhood freed from the opprobrium and punishment for his crimes,’ she mentioned.
Frost appeared in courtroom by way of audio-visual hyperlink from Shortland Correctional Centre within the Hunter Valley, carrying jail greens and having grown a moustache.
Frost believed for many of his life his father was Ian Thorpe’s swimming coach Doug Frost (above)
He didn’t noticeably react as Decide Huggett handed down his sentence.
The courtroom heard the 48-year-old had grown up believing he was the son of famed swimming coach Doug Frost who guided Ian Thorpe to 3 of his 5 Olympic gold medals.
The divorced father-of-two learnt solely when he was 40 his actual organic father was a person he had thought-about a household good friend.
Most of Frost’s offending occurred at his swimming college in south-west Sydney, contained in the change rooms, within the kickboard room, within the pool and on the pool deck.
A few of his victims had informed the courtroom of Frost encouraging youngsters to speak about intercourse and masturbation, which led to him touching them and them touching him.
‘Paul had constructed a tradition of most of these issues being regular after we had been that age on the swim membership,’ one mentioned.
‘I wished to be on of the boys, I wished to be one of many cool youngsters.’
After assaulting one other boy, Frost drove him house and mentioned, ‘You recognize we will not inform anybody this this, we’ll each get into bother’.
Frost was arrested in September 2019 on the house he shared with spouse Ivana at Sylvania in Sydney’s south (above). When informed of the allegations towards him he dropped to the bottom and informed police: ‘That is disgusting’
Decide Huggett described Frost’s crimes – which occurred when he was in his early 20s to mid 30s and a few of which concerned penetration – as ‘opportunistic, impulsive and spontaneous’.
‘The offender created an setting… to facilitate his offending,’ she mentioned.
‘He normalised and inspired dialogue about sexual issues, endearing himself to the scholars in order that they considered him as a peer… moderately than as an authority determine.’
One among Frost’s victims remembered him as ‘charismatic and funky’, one other as ‘outgoing’ and ‘fairly in style’, whereas a 3rd mentioned he was ‘a really heat swimming coach and mentor’.
His sole feminine sufferer, who thought-about herself one in every of Frost’s favorite college students, thought he was ‘younger and enjoyable, a cool child’.
A male sufferer had believed he was in love with the predator.
Decide Huggett: ‘Some felt that they had been considerably accountable that they had been collaborating in one thing they thought was incorrect.’
Frost, who was a finalist on Masterchef Australia in 2009, is pictured with decide Gary Mehigan
Frost was first tried in August 2022 however that jury was discharged after 16 days of deliberations amid allegations of bullying and bickering.
Throughout the course of the second trial there was a non-publication order which prevented the media reporting on proof produced on the listening to.
Nothing could possibly be revealed past the info Frost had pleaded not responsible to 43 expenses that associated to 11 complainants and his trial was persevering with.
That order was lifted after Frost was discovered responsible and three months later 5 of his victims made statements explaining the damaging results of his crimes on them.
‘I really feel sick to my abdomen once I take into consideration what I did, you watching me and the actual fact you took benefit of me and the way in which I allow you to affect me into changing into somebody I am not,’ one male sufferer mentioned.
‘The crimes you dedicated are the worst type and also you had been the worst form of predator.’
One other male sufferer mentioned he was ‘damaged’ and will not ‘love individuals wholly’. A 3rd described how Frost had grossly breached the belief of his mother and father.
‘Earlier than I used to be even a youngster I used to be taught by Paul learn how to masturbate, I used to be inspired to masturbate in a public swimming pool,’ that boy mentioned.
Frost was arrested on the house he shared with spouse Ivana, who was then furnishings and homeware large IKEA’s nationwide meals supervisor, at Sylvania in Sydney’s south in September 2019.
When informed of the allegations towards him that day Frost had dropped to the bottom and informed police: ‘That is disgusting’.
Frost initially confronted 10 expenses together with aggravated sexual assault of a kid underneath 16, however was ultimately convicted of 43 offences.
He was discovered responsible of 12 counts of sexual activity with a toddler aged 10 to 16 underneath his authority, 16 of aggravated indecency with a toddler underneath 16, and 9 of inciting an aggravated act of indecency with a toddler underneath 16.
Frost was initially charged with ten offences together with aggravated sexual assault of a kid underneath 16 dedicated at a swim college within the metropolis’s south-west. He’s pictured being taken into custody in September 2019
Frost was additionally convicted of 1 depend of sexual activity with a toddler aged 10 to 16, two of sexual activity with a toddler aged 16 to 17 underneath particular care and one in every of aggravated indecent assault of a kid underneath 16.
Every of these offences attracts a most penalty of between 5 and ten years in jail. Two additional counts of grooming a toddler for illegal sexual exercise have a most penalty of 12 years.
A jury deliberated for nearly a fortnight earlier than discovering Frost responsible.
Decide Huggett informed the 9 males and three ladies they might have the ability to request to have their names faraway from the jury responsibility roll and can be offered counselling if it was wanted.
Frost, who had been on bail, was handcuffed and brought into custody the place he has been ever since.
The courtroom heard that Frost had been assaulted in July at Shortland Correctional Centre and was being held in protecting custody.
Frost made it the finals of the primary sequence of MasterChef Australia in 2009 however had been unable to capitalise on the eye that look introduced him.
A meals enterprise Frost began along with his spouse failed, forcing him into chapter 11 in 2016. The couple separated in 2017/2018 and divorced in 2021/2022.
After his arrest Frost had been sacked from his informal jobs on the College of NSW and Malabar Public College in Sydney’s south-east.
Frost’s earliest doable launch date is June 3, 2047.