The shocking case against David Frost is coming apart at the seams.
Tomorrow, many of the charges of sexual exploitation and one charge of assault against the disgraced former agent and coach are expected to be withdrawn in a Napanee court room, police and other sources indicated yesterday.
And while other charges of sexual exploitation remain, there is no indication whether Crown prosecutor Adam Zegouras will proceed with them at this time.
"I'm not in a position to discuss this today," said Zegouras from his home in Belleville.
When asked if the majority of charges against Frost would be dropped, Zegouras said he had no comment on what's going to happen.
"I have no idea," said the Crown, clearly caught off guard by the apparent leak. "I'm just doing my job."
Last August, the Ontario Provincial Police's Criminal Investigation Branch thought it was doing its job also. After what it called an "exhaustive two-year investigation" the OPP levelled 12 counts of sexual exploitation charges against Frost and one count of assault. The alleged victims were four males and three females between the ages of 14 and 16. The incidents are said to have taken place between 1995 and 2001.
A publication ban was placed on the naming the victims, many of whom are adults now, some of whom might be familiar to the hockey world.
According to sources, the charges involving the three females and the assault against one male, will be those dropped tomorrow.
"I just can't believe this," said Steve Jefferson, whose estranged son Mike Danton remains in prison in New Jersey, serving 71/2 years after pleading guilty to trying to arrange a hit on his player agent, Frost.
When charges were finally laid against Frost in August, many in the hockey community were thrilled. Today, they will be stunned to learn where this case might be heading.
Jefferson, himself, was ecstatic in August when The Toronto Sun informed him of the charges against Frost. Said Jefferson at the time: "I can't believe this has finally happened. I'm going to go home and my wife is going to bawl her eyes out."
Frost was well-known in the hush-hush world of junior hockey long before two of his players, Danton and Sheldon Keefe, made National Hockey League teams. But even as trouble existed with both clients -- both kids estranged from their parents -- it wasn't until Danton, now 26 years old, attempted to executive a clumsy murder-for-hire scheme that Frost became a national name.
The case led to numerous newspaper and television reports, including an award-winning documentary produced by CBC's the fifth estate, which painted a troubling, controlling, svengali-like relationship between Frost and Danton, which included Frost supplying advice to the imprisoned Danton even after he was charged with trying to have him killed.
At Danton's sentencing, Judge William Stiel said: "I do not believe, in over 18 years on the bench, I have been faced with a case as bizarre as this one."
The assault charge against a young male expected to be dropped in Napanee tomorrow has outraged his father, who would like his son's name to be made public.
"The whole thing is a disgrace," the father said, who just learned it was his son who was allegedly assaulted by Frost when he was 14 or 15 years old. "The way I understand it, he beat the s--t out of my kid in front of a whole team, in front of 15 witnesses and they can't make a case?
"Isn't the whole point of this (case) to get him off the street? Don't they have a responsibility to do something here?"
At Frost's court appearance last month, Provincial court judge Geoff Griffin warned Zegouras that the prosecution was proceeding slowly.
"I'm getting frustrated even if no one else is," said Griffin.
The frustration from others may begin tomorrow.