LAKE PLACID — A figure skating coach who was arrested in Maryland earlier this month turned himself in to New York State Police in Ray Brook Friday, after a warrant was issued for his arrest here on sexual abuse charges alleging he fondled a teenage figure skater in Lake Placid last year.
Genrikh Srentenski, 50, arrived in Ray Brook at about 8 a.m. to surrender to authorities before being transported to Essex County Supreme Court in Elizabethtown for arraignment, according to Ray Brook-based State Police.
He was charged with felony first-degree criminal sexual abuse and misdemeanor charges of forcible touching, third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child relating to a Nov. 22, 2011, complaint.
“He was arraigned and bail was set in the amount of $50,000 bond,” Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague confirmed via email.
Srentenski was arrested Sept. 4 at his Clarksville home on the warrant and taken to Howard County Jail where he remained until posting bail Sept. 11, the Associated Press reported last week. A judge ordered him to surrender his passport and the deed to his home. Srentenski was ordered to turn himself in to New York authorities within 72 hours.
Sprague said a 45-day time for motion was set for the case during the arraignment.
A deputy at the Essex County Jail said Srentenski was not in custody as of Friday evening.
A $5 million civil lawsuit against the Russian-born Olympic competitor who has trained Olympic skaters was filed in Maryland in July, the Associated Press reported. It alleges the coach kissed a female figure skater and touched her breasts against her will while in his Lake Placid hotel room while they were in town for the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships last summer.
The suit said he continued to contact the girl through more than 500 text messages even after she asked him to stop.
Sprague said Srentenski has a conference date scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Dec. 6.
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