ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A Maryland judge ruled that a skating coach charged with sex abuse can go free on the condition he surrender to New York authorities within 72 hours.
Howard County District Court Judge Sue-Ellen Hantman also ordered Monday that Genrich Sretenski surrender his passport and post his Clarksville home as bond. Sretenski attorney Rene Sandler says the coach was not immediately released and it was not clear if could meet the conditions in time to be released on Monday.
The New York charges include felony sexual abuse, forcible touching and child endangerment.
He is also accused in a civil lawsuit of fondling a teenage figure skater in a New York hotel room.
The lawsuit filed in Prince George’s County alleges Sretenski kissed the girl and touched her breasts in July 2011 in a hotel room. It also claims he sent her more than 500 text messages. The lawsuit, filed by the girl’s father for $5 million, says she ended her skating career because of what happened.
Sandler says the former Soviet ice dancer denies the charges against him and the case will be aggressively defended.
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