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January 16, 2013

Former skate coach gets conditional discharge

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The civil case is still pending, according to the DA’s Office.

Although Sprague declined to comment in detail on that case, she did say in an email: “This plea will help facilitate the civil suit for the plaintiff.”

‘EMOTIONAL CASE’

The whole situation was difficult for the teen, the DA said.

“This was a very emotional case for our young victim ... One day, she was skating and pursuing her dreams, the next, she was in the criminal justice system testifying against a man she trusted, and then she was completely shunned by the skating community which she was practically raised in,” Sprague said in the release. 

“This conviction allows her to move on with her life, allows the skating authorities now to be able to impose any sanctions and/or penalties on the defendant and provides no basis for appeal.”

The victim chose to not to bring the case to court, where she would have to be “re-victimized all over again” during cross-examination, Sprague said in the release. 

The girl was “vindicated by the defendant’s admissions, which to her, meant more than any of us could imagine.”

TURNED HIMSELF IN

On Sept. 4, 2012, Sretenski was arrested on a warrant at his Maryland home and taken to Howard County Jail. He posted $50,000 bail on Sept. 11 then, upon a judge’s order, surrendered his passport and the deed to his home. 

He was given 72 hours to give himself up to New York State Police, which he did on Sept. 14 last year.

From the State Police barracks in Ray Brook, he was taken to Essex County Supreme Court in Elizabethtown for arraignment, authorities said.

Sentenced Jan. 10, Sretenski was also ordered by the court to pay a fine/surcharge, and a final order of protection for the victim was put in place, the DA’s Office said. 

Email Felicia Krieg:

fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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