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January 16, 2013

Former skate coach gets conditional discharge

ELIZABETHTOWN — A former skating coach has been sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge after admitting he sexually abused a 16-year-old student in a Lake Placid hotel.

Genrikh Sretenski, 50, could serve time in jail if he violates the conditions of the sentence, Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague told the Press-Republican on Tuesday.

In a plea agreement, Sretenski pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child, according to a press release from the DA’s Office. 

As well, “the defendant had to fully allocute to his actions and also enter a plea of guilty in Village of Lake Placid Court to assault in the third degree.”

He did so, Sprague said.

The Clarksville, Md., man was originally indicted on a felony charge of first-degree sexual abuse, as well as three misdemeanors: third-degree sexual abuse, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child.

HUNDREDS OF TEXTS

The charges stemmed from a single incident on July 28, 2011, in the Village of Lake Placid when Sretenski, then a skating coach, touched the breasts of the student/trainee in his hotel room, the press release said. The abuse happened when he and the skater were in the village for the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships, according to a $5 million civil lawsuit filed by the victim’s father in Price George’s County, Md., in July of 2012.

The lawsuit alleges that Sretenski sent more than 500 text messages to the girl, among them one saying, “I go crazy when I look at you,” and another that read, “I love you,” the suit said. 

Sretenski continued his advances even after the girl asked him to stop, according to the suit. It also says he not only fondled the girl but also kissed her against her will.

The “elite, nationally acclaimed skater” quit ice skating because of the abuse and suffered severe emotional distress, according to the suit. 

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