Former swim coach charged over alleged sexual assaults


The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the 43-year-old man arrested at Sylvania this morning over alleged historical sexual assaults is Paul Frost, the son of Ian Thorpe's former coach Doug Frost.

Doug Frost was Thorpe's swimming coach between 1995 and 2002. When Thorpe was 20, Tracey Menzies took over his coaching duties.

The alleged assaults on two boys are said to have taken place at the Doug Frost Swim School.

Paul Frost eventually took over the business, which was deregistered in 2012.

It's alleged Paul Frost was the boys' swimming coach at the time of the assaults.

Police believe the boys were aged 11 and 14 at the time of the alleged assaults. The two victims are now in their 30s.

Detective Superintendent Murray Reynolds told the media today the alleged offences took place before and after school during squad training sessions.

"The victims have provided police with detailed statements which have been thoroughly investigated by detectives," Det Supt Reynolds said.

"There was a grooming element to this. These children were young members of a swim squad who were somewhat under the control of this person.

"There are more than two victims in these (alleged) offences."

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


A former swimming instructor has been charged as investigations continue into allegations of historical sexual assaults at a swimming school at Padstow.

The 43-year-old man was arrested outside a home in Sylvania about 7am today.

Detectives from Bankstown Police Area Command commenced an investigation in August 2019, following reports two men had been groomed and sexually assaulted by a man known to them while they were children.

Their inquiries were assisted by detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad.

Police will allege that the offences took place between 1997 and 2003 at a former swim school in Padstow.

The 43-year-old man was taken to Sutherland Police Station and interviewed.

He was later charged with aggravated sex assault-victim under the age of 16, six counts of aggravated indecent assault-victim under the age of 16, and three counts of incite aggravated indecency victim under 16 and under authority.

It's alleged the man was the boys' swimming coach at the time of the incidents.

The man was refused bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court today.

Investigations are ongoing.