According to documents examined by the Associated Press, the US Army and the State of Arizona disregarded repeated red signals that enabled a top civilian commander at an air base in Afghanistan to oversee a child sex abuse ring for a decade.
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One of the purported victims, who now is suing the state in a civil suit that begins next week, was interviewed by the news agency, as per the Associated Press.
David Frodsham, who pled guilty to child abuse charges in 2016 and is currently serving a 17-year term, was the leader of a network that comprised an army sergeant who’d been eventually discovered guilty of distributing child pornography on the internet. Frodsham’s adopted son was among the ring’s alleged victims.
Frodsham “jokingly” questioned an IT technician to bestow him entry to the free pornographic video-sharing webpage YouPorn on his work desktop, told one female coworker who had only been enlisted since he wished to be “surrounded by pretty women,” and labeled others “honey,” “babe,” and “cougar” on a regular basis while working in Afghanistan. After the army confirmed many complaints of sexual harassment against him, he was summoned back to the United States.
“I would not recommend placing him back into a position of authority, but rather pursuing disciplinary actions at his home station,” a commanding officer noted in a US Army investigative document shown to AP, suggesting Frodsham be recalled to Fort Huachuca in Arizona from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.
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Frodsham and his spouse, Barbara, were permitted to keep guardianship of their three adopted sons despite nearly 20 allegations of abuse, negligence, mistreatment, and license breaches. Despite his susceptibility to extortion as a result of his offensive behavior, the US Army granted Frodsham security clearances and accessibility to critical data.
Frodsham reentered the army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) when he transferred to Fort Huachuca, acting as director of people for a global command of 15,000 troops and civilians, according to the Associated Press.
“He would have been an obvious target of foreign intelligence services because of his role and his location,” Frank Figliuzzi, an ex FBI assistant director for counterintelligence, said, going to add that the location where Frodsham worked after returning from Afghanistan was “one of the more sensitive installations in the continental United States.”
Frodsham served as a program manager for NETCOM before being detained, according to a US Army spokesperson at Fort Huachuca. They did not say whether the army had penalized Frodsham when he withdrew from Afghanistan or if there were any worries about him being a security risk.
Two of the Frodshams’ adopted kids have launched civil lawsuits against the state of Arizona for authorizing them to continue to be raised by the couple notwithstanding the claims of abuse. On Tuesday, the third adoptive child is scheduled to launch a suit.
Ryan Frodsham, one of the three young men who has lodged a suit, asserts his adoptive father began sexually abusing him when he was 9 or 10 years old and subsequently tried to offer him to other men to be assaulted in an interview released by the Associated Press.
He claims that he had told state officials that he had been a victim of abuse. The Arizona Department of Child Safety has still not officially replied to the accusations, according to a representative.