In one of the worst cases of sexual abuse ever to appear before an English court, Frost pleaded guilty to 23 charges at the Old Bailey this month, after admitting 22 charges last year. Six of the charges relate to the abuse (including rape) of two boys at a Worcestershire school during the 1980s and 1990s.
According to the prosecutors, Frost had sex with the boys in a school storeroom, during breaks, at his home where he lived with his adopted son, and also at a car park in Woking, Surrey, the Old Bailey heard.
One of those victims has since died, while the other said in a statement he had "lived in fear" every day following the abuse.
Frost admitted to charges that included multiple rapes, sex assaults, inciting children to engage in sexual activity and making indecent pictures.
Link to the Scout Movement
Between 1967 and 1972, and again in 1998 to 2002 Frost lived in Guernsey. During this time, going under the name of Andrew Tracey, Frost was involved in the Scouts.
The Scouting Association confirmed this and released the following statement:
“The Scout Association is aware of case of Andrew Tracy AKA Mark Frost. The Scout Association has co-operating fully with the statutory agencies in this historic investigation. Tracy/Frost resigned from the Movement in November 1991 when he was first arrested for sexual offences against children; if he had not resigned we would have suspended him immediately. The Scout Association permanently barred him from any future involvement with the Movement when he was convicted in 1992.”
Frost also preyed on and raped poverty-stricken boys in Thailand, but skipped bail to avoid being prosecuted when caught. He was eventually found in Spain and extradited to face trial in the UK.
Speaking to the Welwyn Hatfield Times after Frost’s court appearance, John Cameron, head of NSPCC helplines, said, “Mark Frost is a very dangerous paedophile with a long and vile history of sexually abusing children in Thailand and distributing images of child abuse.
“Frost worked as a teacher in the UK until 1996 and today’s guilty plea may encourage further victims to speak out.
Given the shame experienced by many child abuse survivors and the prolificness of the abuse committed by Frost, there are likely to be further victims, as was the case with other rampant abusers such as Rolf Harris and Jimmy Saville.
Victims of historic sexual abuse that occurred in an organisation such as the Scouts or at a school may be able to claim compensation.
Since the Jimmy Saville scandal, the Scout Association is facing over 150 cases of alleged child sexual abuse and has paid out close to £1 million. May of the allegations stem from abuse that took place in the 1960s and 1970s. Because of the traumatic nature of child abuse claims, judges will sometimes use their discretion to allow claims to proceed after the standard three-year cut-off period to make a compensation claim.
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Once again, the country is reeling from the revelation that another vicious paedophile has committed monstrous acts against vulnerable children, ruining many lives for ever. Although compensation can never replace a stolen childhood, it can assist victims to rebuild their shattered lives.
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