Former Olympic ice dancer accused in sex abuse released on $50,000 bond

Court date scheduled for Dec. 6

September 17, 2012|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

The world-class ice dancer accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl surrendered himself to New York State Police and was released on $50,000 bond, according to his attorney.

Genrikh Sretenski, 50, a Russian-born Olympic competitor who has trained Olympic skaters, appeared in New York Friday morning and was arraigned on sex abuse and related charges stemming from sexual abuse allegations from a July 2011 incident in Lake Placid. The indictment lists the victim at 16-years-old at the time of the alleged abuse.

His attorney, Terence L. Kindlon, said Sretenski and his wife drove up to New York from his Clarksville home and surrendered at the local state police barracks, just miles from Lake Placid and the 1980 Olympic Village. He was processed and taken to the Essex County courthouse, where arraigned and he entered a not guilty plea. His bail was set at $50,000 and he was released.

Sretenski faces four counts of abuse. The most serious charge, sexual abuse, is a felony and could carry up to seven years imprisonment, Kindlon said.

Sretenski's next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 6.

He also faces a $5 million civil lawsuit filed in July that alleges he fondled a skater he had been coaching in Laurel. The indictment against Sretenski did not name the victim and it is unclear if the suit and criminal charges stem from the same incident.

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