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Reports: Skating coach has warrant for sex abuse

September 14, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

A figure skating coach wanted in Essex County on sexual abuse charges was released from a Maryland detention center on Tuesday and must turn himself in to New York authorities today.

Genrich Sretenski, 50, was released from the Howard County Detention Center after a New York state extradition request was denied, according to Maryland media outlets and the Associated Press.

New York law enforcement officials haven't discussed the charges, but news reports indicate he will be charged with felony sexual abuse, forcible touching and child endangerment. Numerous calls to Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Scott Heggelke and messages left for Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague hadn't been returned as of this morning.

Sretenski allegedly kissed and fondled an unidentified victim in the village of Lake Placid in September 2011. His lawyer, Rene Sandler, denies the charges.

Sretenski is also accused in a Maryland lawsuit of fondling a teenage figure skater in a Lake Placid hotel room while they were in town for a July 2011 competition.

Sretenski competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary as an ice dancer for the Soviet Union, placing fourth. He has also performed with Stars on Ice, a popular figure skating show that tours the U.S., starting with an annual performance in Lake Placid.


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