Paul Douglas Frost, a former contestant on MasterChef Australia and a swim coach, has been sentenced to a minimum of 24 years behind bars for committing 43 sexual abuse offense against 11 children he coached at a swimming school. This sentence was delivered by Judge Sarah Huggett at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court, more than four years following Frost’s arrest.
The 48-year-old, known for his appearance on the initial season of the Network Ten show, was found guilty of multiple offenses carried out over more than a decade against children aged as young as 10. The judge gave a maximum term of 32 years, highlighting the increasing seriousness and boldness of Frost’s actions.
Frost, convicted by a jury in June on all
43 offense, abused 10 boys and one girl between the 1990s and 2000s. The judge pointed out his lack of remorse, stating he never admitted to his crimes.
Judge Huggett emphasized that Frost had not shown any remorse and lived without concern for being caught for years before his arrest. She described how he created an environment normalizing sexual discussions, manipulating his students’ trust, leading to inappropriate
Despite claims of Frost being a champion of young people, the judge disregarded these, focusing on the severe impact on the victims. Judge Huggett concluded that his crimes were opportunistic and impulsive, resulting in a minimum jail term of 24 years.
Frost’s legal issues began in 2019 when he was arrested in Sydney. Initially facing 10 charges, he was ultimately found guilty on
43 counts, including sexual offense. His earliest release could be in June 2047.
His life faced struggles post-MasterChef, including failed business ventures, bankruptcy in 2016, and divorce in 2021/2022.