Former Evesham teacher branded one of the worst paedophiles in British history jailed for child sex abuse - The Evesham Observer

Former Evesham teacher branded one of the worst paedophiles in British history jailed for child sex abuse

Rob George 2nd Feb, 2017 Updated: 2nd Feb, 2017   0

A FORMER Evesham teacher has been branded one of the worst paedophiles in British history after pleading guilty to 45 charges of child sex abuse.

Mark Frost, formerly known as Andrew John Tracey, admitted sexually abusing boys aged between 10 and 15 in the UK and Thailand over a period of at least 25 years at the Old Bailey on Wednesday (February 1).

The prolific paedophile’s catalogue of abuse included rape, sexual assault, inciting sexual activity with a child under 13 and making indecent images of children.

Following the guilty plea, Frost was sentenced to xx years in jail yesterday (Thursday).

The 70-year-old taught in England from the 1970s until the 1990s and was also involved with the scouts until 1991.

The Observer understands Frost worked at a number of schools in Worcestershire, including one in Evesham.

A detailed investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA) revealed Frost pleaded guilty at Evesham Magistrates Court in 1992 to possessing indecent photographs of a child and had to pay a £200 fine and £25 costs

A year later, he was convicted at Worcester Crown Court of allowing drugs in his home and permitting the use of his premises for unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl aged between 13 and 15 although not of the sexual act itself.

He was jailed for 12 months but despite his crimes and his membership of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange since 1978, Frost was not booted out of the profession until 1996.

After fleeing to Guernsey in 2002, a complaint of abuse was made against Frost in Thailand by a young boy in 2013.

Royal Thai Police arrested Frost before releasing him on bail but he fled the country before he could be prosecuted.

He changed his name to Mark Frost in 2014 before he was identified by Dutch police after being linked to an offender in the Netherlands.

Officers from the NCA began to track Frost and extradited him from Spain in April 2016. He was charged with 22 offences including sexual abuse of boys aged between 10 and 14 in Thailand.

On July 1, he pleaded guilty to 17 offences and admitted the remaining five on September 1.

After pleading guilty to a further 23 charges at the Old Bailey, Frost now faces dying behind bars owing to the length of his sentence.

Ruona Iguyovwe, Senior Specialist Prosecutor in the CPS International Justice and Organised Crime Division, said: “The harrowing evidence presented by the prosecution in this case outlined the suffering that Mark Frost caused to his victims.

“Over many years, Frost repeatedly exploited vulnerable young victims, both in the UK and in Thailand, for his own sexual gratification.

“His offending caused severe psychological harm to all of the children he abused many of whom are now old enough to realise the enormity of what happened to them,” she added.

The NCA believe there are potentially more victims in Britain who have yet to come forward.

Andy Brennan, Deputy Director of the NCA’s CEOP Command said: “This has been a lengthy and complex investigation into a prolific child sex offender who over many years believed he could sexually abuse children and evade law enforcement.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who may have been subject to abuse by Frost to contact the dedicated NSPCC helpline that has been set up on 0800 328 0904

“Alternatively, local police forces can be contacted via 101. All forces have been briefed and will be able to talk to anyone who has information about Frost,” he added.

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