Maryland Suburban Swim Club coach signals intent to plead guilty to child abuse

A Maryland swim coach arrested earlier 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 ten years in prison, court filings show.

Christopher Thomas Huott, 53, the founder and owner of the Maryland Suburban Swim Club, intends to formally plead at 9 a.m. on July 30 and admit that he abused the girl starting in 1984, when she would have been six or seven years old, court filings show. Huott was the girl’s swim coach and babysitter and abused her until about 1989, authorities allege. The woman is now in her 30s.

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.

“Suffice it to say that this agreement will hold the defendant accountable for his actions,” Korionoff said.

David Krum, Huott’s defense attorney, declined to comment.

Christopher Huott was founder and owner of the Maryland Suburban Swim Club. (Montgomery County Police)

Huott was arrested in April on child abuse and sex offense charges, though he 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 he founded. No one responded to an e-mail sent to an address listed on the club’s Web site Monday.

Dan Morse contributed to this report.

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