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A Sydney swimming coach is said to have exploited his young students’ vulnerabilities through grooming and indecent sexual acts in the 1990s and 2000s, a jury heard.
Paul Douglas Frost, 46, has been accused of sexually abusing 11 children over the age of 13 while working as a coach at a swimming school in south-west Sydney.
On Monday, Crown Prosecutor Darren Robinson said the Sylvania man nurtured his victims by building trust and that he normalized sexual behavior such as masturbation by raising it frequently in discussions with his young students.
“The defendants have taken advantage of their youth, their confidence and their vulnerability,” Mr. Robinson said in opening the Circuit Court jury’s submissions.
Frost would routinely masturbate and perform oral sex with his students in the aquatic center’s men’s locker room and storage room, draw his hand over his students’ bodies while they swim, and encourage them to swim naked in the facility’s baby pool, Robinson said.
The swim coach has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Ten boys and one girl are among the alleged victims. Frost is accused of performing oral sex on the children and tricking them into doing the same to him.
Mr Robinson explained in his opening that a trainee swimming coach who attended the school noticed Frost sitting with a student on his lap while he massaged the boy’s shoulders. “Paul is a bit odd in the way he’s acting around the kids,” she wrote in a journal entry for the day.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/swim-coach-preyed-on-young-students-trust-and-vulnerability-court-told-20220829-p5bdmi.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_national_nsw As a swimming coach, Paul Frost exploited the “trust and vulnerability” of young students, the court said