Swim coach arrested for ‘abuse’ of students

The arrest of Sydney man this morning on alleged sexual assaults. (Photo: NSW Police)

A former swimming instructor, whose father coached Olympic great Ian Thorpe, was arrested at his home in Sydney’s south this morning following allegations of sexual assaults two decades ago.

In dramatic scenes, several police officers entered the upmarket Sylvania home of Paul Frost and took him to Sutherland Police Station for questioning as family members looked on.

The 43-year-old was later charged with 10 serious sexual offences relating to two boys he taught between 1997 and 2003.

The arrest followed an investigation last month into reports two men were groomed and sexually abused by a man they knew at a former swim school in Padstow.

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Frost’s father Doug coached Olympic swimming champion Thorpe at his Doug Frost Swim School from 1995.

Thorpe won eight  Olympic medals in the pool, including five golds.

Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad were involved in assisting with inquiries, and the man is currently being questioned by police.

A 44-year-old man is escorted from his house this morning. (Photo: NSW Police)

Paul Frost, who is married with children, worked at the swim school part-time at the time of the alleged assaults. He was also employed as a casual lecturer at the University of NSW for a time and as a casual teacher in 2016 by the NSW Department of Education.

He did not apply for bail and was formally refused bail. He will return to Sutherland Court on September 26.

He is the second swim school instructor arrested in Sydney in the past year on child sex allegations.

Mosman swim coach Kyle James Henk Daniels, 20, is currently facing 26 charges in relation to the alleged indecent assault of nine girls aged between five and 10 years.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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