World-class ice dancer Genrikh Sretenski is scheduled to make his first court appearance in upstate New York on Friday morning on sex abuse and related charges stemming from allegations from last year.
Sretenski, 50, is expected to turn himself in to New York State police about 8 a.m. Friday and is due to be arraigned at 11 a.m. before Essex County Judge Richard B. Meyer, when bail will be set, said Sretenski's attorney, Terence L. Kindlon. Kindlon said his client maintains his innocence and will plead not guilty.
Essex County is home to Lake Placid, a major figure skating training and competition center. New York State Police said they and Lake Placid Police investigated the case.
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Sretenski, a Russian-born Olympic competitor who has trained Olympic skaters, was arrested Sept. 4 at his Clarksville home on the New York warrant. He remained in the Howard County jail until Tuesday night, when he posted bail and surrendered his passport and the deed to his home. He was given 72 hours to turn himself in to New York authorities.
The charges come on the heels of a $5 million civil lawsuit filed in July that alleges that last July, at the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships, he fondled a skater he had been coaching in Laurel. Whether the criminal charges and civil case are about the same alleged incident is unknown. The indictment will not be unsealed until Sretenski is arraigned.
He has not been served with the lawsuit and denies wrongdoing, according to his lawyer in Rockville.
The girl's father also alleges in the lawsuit that while driving home from the ice rink before the Lake Placid competition, Sretenski told the girl "not to look at him because it made him 'feel things' and that 'cute girls always cause him problems,'" and that he sent her more than 500 text messages, which included references to an alleged "love affair."