Top civilian commander at US air base led child sex abuse ring — Analysis
The army employee, who’s currently serving 17 years, may have been open to blackmail, says a former FBI chief, as a civil case looms
According to records reviewed and approved by AP, both the US Army (and the State of Arizona) missed numerous red flags that permitted a high ranking civilian commander to head a child sex abuse ring at an Afghanistan air base over the span of a decade.
One of the victims is being sued by the state, according to the news agency. The civil case will begin next week.
David Frodsham pleaded guilty in 2016 to child abuse charges and was sentenced to a 17 year term. He led a network which included an army sergeant later found guilty for posting online child pornography. One of the alleged victims of the ring was Frodsham’s adopted son.
Frodsham was working in Afghanistan while Frodsham was there “jokingly”A male colleague was asked by an IT technician to allow him to access the YouPorn porn-sharing site on his computer. He explained that he had been hired because he wanted it. “surrounded by pretty women,”Frequently called “others” “honey,” “babe,”And “cougar.”After multiple accusations of sexual harassment, he was returned to the USA.
“I would not recommend placing him back into a position of authority, but rather pursuing disciplinary actions at his home station,”In a US Army investigative filing seen by AP, a commanding officer recommended that Frodsham be transferred from Bagram Airfield (Afghanistan) to Fort Huachuca in Arizona.
Frodsham, his wife Barbara and nearly 20 other complaints about abuse, neglect and maltreatment were all denied. However, they were permitted to keep custody of their adopted children. Frodsham also received security clearances from the US Army, as well access to highly sensitive information. This was despite the fact that he had been a victim to blackmail.
When Frodsham returned to Fort Huachuca, he rejoined the army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), serving as director of personnel for a global command of 15,000 soldiers and civilians, AP has reported.
“He would have been an obvious target of foreign intelligence services because of his role and his location,”Frank Figliuzzi is a former FBI counterintelligence assistant director. He added that Frodsham worked in the same location after his return from Afghanistan. “one of the more sensitive installations in the continental United States.”
Frodsham worked for NETCOM as a program manger before he was taken into custody, confirmed a Fort Huachuca spokesperson. Frodsham’s arrest was not made public by the military.
Two of the Frodshams’ adopted children have each filed a civil suit against the State of Arizona for allowing the couple to continue parenting them despite the allegations of abuse. On Tuesday, the third adoptee is likely to sue.
Ryan Frodsham (one of the young men who have filed a suit) claims that his adoptive father began sexually abusing Ryan when he was nine or ten years old and offered him to other men for abuse.
According to him, he told state officials that he was an abuse victim. A spokesperson for Arizona’s Department of Child Safety has not publicly responded to the allegations.
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