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Published: Thursday, 3/23/2006

Sex offender gets nearly 30-year sentence

BY MARK REITER
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Defendant Daniel Frost, left, appears unmoved as Judge Gary Cook addresses him in Lucas County Common Pleas Court yesterday. Frost's attorney, Drew Griffith, is leaning over making notes at the defense table. Judge Cook sentenced Frost to nearly 30 years in prison for his role in sex assaults on a 21-year-old woman. Defendant Daniel Frost, left, appears unmoved as Judge Gary Cook addresses him in Lucas County Common Pleas Court yesterday. Frost's attorney, Drew Griffith, is leaning over making notes at the defense table. Judge Cook sentenced Frost to nearly 30 years in prison for his role in sex assaults on a 21-year-old woman.
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A South Toledo man who investigators said sexually abused a 21-year-old woman for most of her childhood was sentenced yesterday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court to nearly 30 years in prison.

Daniel Frost, 35, blurted a profanity at Judge Gary Cook during the sentencing, and repeated the same words to his attorney when he advised him to keep quiet.

"I find that the behavior by you was incredible in that you would ever do something like this to a child. The fact that you even have a desire to do this is repugnant,'' Judge Cook said.

Frost, who was convicted in a jury trial last month of seven sex crimes, also refused to sign the paperwork that designated him a sex offender.

The judge had classified Frost as a sexually oriented offender. Judge Cook noted that Frost refused to cooperate with court officials who interviewed him for the sex classification evaluation.

Except for the seven years that Frost was in prison, the victim repeatedly was abused by the defendant from the time she was 4 years old until she was 20, prosecutors said.

On Feb. 9, a jury found Frost guilty on two counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition and three counts of corruption of a minor.

The victim testified that the abuse began as inappropriate touching and progressed to oral sex and later to intercourse.

Prosecutors said when she was 10 and 12, the victim brought the abuse to the attention of a relative, who confronted Frost. However, he continued to molest her.

"The victim had no way of escaping from what was going on,'' Judge Cook said.

Frost was in prison from August, 1993, to July, 1996, and from August, 2000, to August, 2004.

Lori Olender, an assistant county prosecutor, said the sexual assaults resumed when the defendant was released from prison, ending in December, 2004, when she reported to authorities that she was brutally raped.

In that incident, the defendant urinated on the woman, covered her with cigarette ashes, and doused her with Kool-Aid, Ms. Olender said.

The victim was not present for the hearing.

Ms. Olender told the judge the psychological damage suffered by the victim will take many years to heal.

Authorities said Frost is being investigated for a threatening letter he's accused of writing to Ms. Olender after the trial. A retaliation charge may be presented to a county grand jury.

Contact Mark Reiter at:

markreiter@theblade.com

or 419-213-2134.



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