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Former Soviet Olympic Skater, Coach Accused Of Sexual Abuse

A figure-skating coach who competed at the Olympics for the Soviet Union is accused in a lawsuit of fondling a teenage skater.

The lawsuit, filed in July in the U.S. state of Maryland, alleges that Genrikh Sretenski's actions took place in a hotel room in 2011.

It also alleges that he sent the girl hundreds of text messages.

The lawsuit, filed by the girl's father, seeks $5 million in damages for the girl, who allegedly quit the sport as a result of the incident.

The 50-year-old Sretenski, who was arrested on a New York criminal warrant on September 4, says he is innocent.

Sretenski is a four-time European medalist.

He also teamed with ice-dance partner Natalia Annenko at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, where they placed fourth.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP