Eighteen-year-old Morgan Grant was once considered one of the best figure skaters for her age in the United States. Then she had a shocking experience with her trusted coach and everything changed. CNN's Pamela Brown reports.
Grant was an ice dancer who was well on her way to compete for the United States at the highest levels. Her family hired coach Genrikh Sretenski, an accomplished ice dancer, who represented the Soviet Union at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
According to Morgan and her father, that coach turned out to be a predator.
In the middle of a competition at Lake Placid in 2011, he asked 16-year-old Morgan to join him in his hotel room to talk about the competition, or so she thought.
She says, "He closed the door and reached behind me to turn off the light, then pushed me against the wall. And he started kissing me. And he is 50-years-old and a smoker. And I was like really overwhelmed with everything that was going on. He pushed me onto the bed in the hotel room and climbed on top of me and started touching me inappropriately and the kissing continued. And this lasted for about 20 minutes, I don't remember a single thought that ran through my head during that moment, but I know that I finally looked up and said, it's late I have to go. And thank god he listened."
She says over the next few weeks, Shretenski began sending her suggestive text messages and eventually she told her dad.
After criminal charges were filed, the coach entered guilty pleas to misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and third-degree assault.
As harrowing as that experience was, it turns out that Morgan Grant is not alone.
Across the country, nearly a dozen male figure skating coaches have been suspended by the U.S Figure Skating Association over the past three years for inappropriate behavior.
The national governing board says it's so concerned, that it's thinking about creating an outside agency to police coaches behavior.
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