World-class ice dancer released from Howard Co. jail

World-class ice dancer Genrikh Sretenski was released Tuesday night from the Howard County jail, where he was held for a week on sex offense charges in New York.

Bail conditions, which included surrendering the deed to his family's home in Clarksville and his passport, were changed Tuesday to include $10,000 bail, according to T. Wayne Kirwan, spokesman for the Howard County State's Attorney's Office.

Sretenski, 50, had been arrested at his home on a warrant from New York, where he was charged with sex abuse and related counts in what police said was an incident last year in Lake Placid. A Howard County judge earlier this week gave him 72 hours after his release to turn himself in on the charges in Essex County, which is home to Lake Placid winter sports training and competition facilities.

Sretenski's lawyer, Rene Sandler said her client denied wrongdoing, both about the criminal charges and a $5 million civil lawsuit filed in July by the father of a skater Sretenski was coaching in Laurel. The father alleged that Sretenski, who has also been an Olympic skating coach, inappropriately touched his daughter in Lake Placid last year, and that she was so upset by the unwanted advances and text messages that she quit skating.

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