Maryland Suburban Swim Club coach signals intent to plead guilty to child abuse -- Gazette.Net


A Maryland swim coach arrested this year on charges that he engaged in sex acts with a young student in the 1980s has agreed to plead guilty to a single felony child abuse count, and in exchange, prosecutors will recommend he face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, court filings show.

Christopher Thomas Huott, 53, of Fulton in Howard County, the founder and owner of the Maryland Suburban Swim Club in Laurel, intends to formally plead at 9 a.m. July 30 and admit that he abused the girl starting in 1984, when she was 6 or 7 years old, court filings show. Huott was the girl’s swim coach and baby sitter and abused her until about 1989, authorities allege. The woman is now in her 30s.

“He was the victim’s swim coach and also a baby sitter at her home, and her home is in Montgomery County,” said Officer Janelle Smith, a police spokeswoman, according to an earlier Gazette report.

Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, confirmed a plea memorandum had been filed, but declined to offer substantive comments before the matter is resolved in court. The plea is not final until it is approved by a judge.

Huott was arrested in April on child abuse and sex offense charges, and was soon released on $50,000 bond, court filings show. At the time, Montgomery County police said they were worried about the possibility he might have victimized others.

The charge to which he intends to plead guilty involves only a single victim. Police said Monday that detectives are not aware of any others.

It remains unclear what, if any, affiliation Huott maintains with the swim club. No one responded to an e-mail sent to an address listed on the club’s website Monday.