Accused sex abuse swim coach out on bail

LAUREL, MD (WUSA9) -- A Maryland swim coach is out on bail, one day after police arrested him on charges of repeatedly abusing a 7-year-old girl three decades ago.

Christopher Huott put up his hood and had nothing to say after putting up $50,000 in bail money and walking out of the Montgomery County Detention Center.

Prosecutors say his victim went to police alleging her then swim coach fondled her and had her perform oral sex on him starting when she was just 7 and ending when she turned 12.

Huott is the founder and owner of the the popular Maryland Suburban Swim Club at Fairland Aquatics Center in Laurel.

Laurel Police and Montgomery County prosecutors say he may have victimized other children since then. And they are urging those victims to come forward.

The allegations against Huott are remarkably similar to the charges against Rick Curl, a former Olympic swimming coach. Curl abused Kelley Currin for years when she was a young teen. A judge sentenced him last year to seven years in prison.

The law firm representing Rick Curl's victim says this kind of sexual abuse has been widespread in swimming.

Ed Vasquez says he knows of at least a dozen swim coach sex abusers who have never been brought to justice, mainly because their victims have been afraid to come forward.

He said, cases can be particularly difficult to prosecute. But a spokesman for Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy say they have more evidence than simply to victim's word.


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