David Frodsham, a civilian who held sensitive positions with the U.S. Army in Arizona and Afghanistan, currently is serving a 17-year sentence in prison after his conviction on child sex abuse charges
US Army is criticized for missing red flags that could have brought the pedo Bagram Airbase commander to justice earlier – including ignoring advice to fire him over sex pest behavior in Afghanistan in 2015
In 2016 David Frodsham, 45, was arrested for leading a child sex abuse ring that posted child pornography to the internet- including of Frodsham’s adopted sons
Records indicate the U.S. Army ignored red flags that allowed Frodsham to allegedly abuse his children all the while putting national security at risk
Despite nearly 20 complaints of abuse and neglect Frodsham and his wife over a 13-year span, state of Arizona allowed the couple to foster and adopt multiple children
All the while the Army gave Frodsham security clearances and sensitive jobs at a time when his illicit sexual practices made him vulnerable to blackmail by foreign intelligence
One of the sons said Barbara never sexually abused him, but ‘She knew what was going on,’ because she walked into the room where her husband was abusing him, at least twice
Another son says case workers missed or overlooked numerous signs that David and Barbara Frodsham were unfit parents
Now two of Frodsham’s adopted sons have filed separate civil lawsuits against the state for licensing David and Barbara Frodsham as foster parents
A third adopted son is expected to file suit Tuesday in Arizona state court
It has been revealed that US military officials reportedly missed multiple red flags that could have stopped a top civilian commander at Bagram Airbase from sexually abusing his own children sooner. David Frodsham, a civilian who held sensitive positions with the U.S. Army in Arizona and Afghanistan led a child sex abuse ring that involved his own adopted son.
While serving as a top commander at a U.S air base in Afghanistan David Frodsham was ordered home after the military verified multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Frodsham, who has since been convicted of sexually abusing his adopted sons Trever and Ryan when they were children, leered at female colleagues and referred to them as ‘honey’, ‘babe’ and cougar.’
The harassment was significant enough that a commanding officer recommended the Army order Frodsham to leave his post at Bagram Airfield and return to Fort Huachuca, AP reported.
‘I would not recommend placing him back into a position of authority but rather pursuing disciplinary actions at his home station,’ the commanding officer said. Instead, when Frodsham returned to his home station in fall 2015, he rejoined the Network Enterprise Technology Command at Fort Huachuca.
By spring of the following year he was arrested in Arizona for leading a child sex abuse ring that included an Army sergeant who was posting child pornography to the internet – including of Frodsham’s adopted sons, who were children at the time of the abuse.
Frodsham is currently serving a 17-year sentence after pleading guilty to sex abuse charges in 2016 along with former Sgt. Randall Bischak and a third man not associated with the Army.
The pedophile ring was exposed after after an FBI agent joined a pedophile’s room on private messaging service Kik. That led investigators to Bischak, who shared a video of himself having sex with Frodsham while the pair also abused Ryan Frodsham.
Ryan says his father pimped him out to other pedophiles, while Trever says his father abused him from the age of around nine or ten.
It has been alleged that records exist proving that the U.S. Army and the state of Arizona missed or ignored multiple red flags over more than a decade which allowed Frodsham to allegedly abuse his adopted son and other children for years, all the while putting national security at risk.
Despite nearly 20 complaints, and attempted complaints, of abuse, neglect, maltreatment and licensing violations, David Frodsham and his wife, Barbara were allowed to foster and adopt multiple children while the Army gave Frodsham security clearances and sensitive jobs at a time when his illicit sexual practices made him vulnerable to blackmail.
‘He would have been an obvious target of foreign intelligence services because of his role and his location,’ Frank Figliuzzi, the former assistant director of counterintelligence for the FBI, said.
‘Fort Huachuca is one of the more sensitive installations in the continental United States. People with security issues should not be there,’ he added.
Now two of Frodsham’s adopted sons, Trever and Ryan, have filed separate civil lawsuits against the state for licensing David and Barbara Frodsham as foster parents in a home where they say they were physically and sexually abused throughout their lives.
A third adopted son is expected to file suit Tuesday in Arizona state court in Cochise County, said attorney Lynne Cadigan, who represents all three.
In the latest complaint, 19-year-old Trever Frodsham says case workers missed or overlooked numerous signs that David and Barbara Frodsham were unfit parents.
A commanding officer recommended the Army order Frodsham to leave his post at Bagram Airfield and return to Fort Huachuca, a major Army installation in Arizona.
That includes a 2002 sex abuse complaint filed with local police by one of the Frodshams’ biological daughters against an older biological brother, and the fact that David and Barbara Frodsham were themselves victims of child sex abuse.
The couple are said to have failed to mention that they were abuse victims when applying to foster, despite being required to do so.
In his lawsuit Trever’s older biological brother Ryan Frodsham said the state was informed that David and Barbara Frodsham were physically abusing their children ‘by slapping them in the face, pinching them, hitting them with a wooden spoon, putting hot sauce in their mouths, pulling them by the hair, bending their fingers back to inflict pain, forcing them to hold cans with their arms extended for long periods time,’ and refusing to let them use the bathroom unless the door remained open.
Ryan told AP that while Barbara never sexually abused him, she walked into the room where David was abusing him at least twice.
‘She knew what was going on,’ he said.
The two lawsuits already filed by the adopted sons and related legal filings also say investigators with the Department of Child Safety and case workers with Catholic Community Services, which subcontracts foster and adoption work from the state, failed to effectively follow up on 19 complaints and attempted complaints regarding the Frodsham home spanning more than a decade.
The complaints began in 2002 and continued until 2015, five months before the Army deployed Frodsham to Afghanistan, where he was ordered back to Arizona after only four months of service.
In their written application to become foster parents, Barbara Frodsham indicated that neither she nor her husband had been sexually victimized, but in recent pretrial testimony for Ryan Frodsham´s lawsuit, she said she would have revealed her abuse if she had been asked by a state investigator as part of the licensing process.
David Frodsham, for his part, told a probation official after his guilty plea that he had been abused as a teenager.
Many child welfare experts believe people with a history of child sexual abuse are more likely to abuse children in their own households and should be questioned to ensure they´ve overcome their trauma before being allowed to provide foster care.
Arizona’s child welfare case workers ‘did not know how to interview and, therefore, they didn´t get candid answers from the Frodshams,’ Kathleen Faller, an expert witness retained in Ryan Frodsham´s lawsuit, said. In pretrial testimony, Faller also said the state should not have granted the Frodshams´ foster care license.
Ryan Frodsham has revealed that he filed his lawsuit because, ‘I want the state to admit what it did was wrong.’