The coach of a Laurel swim team has been charged with sex offenses and child abuse for allegedly sexually abusing a Montgomery County girl in the 1980s.
Christopher Thomas Huott, 53, of Fulton was arrested Thursday. He is the founder and owner of the Maryland Suburban Swim Club in Laurel, according to Montgomery County police. According to the club’s website, he also is the head coach.
Detectives started investigating Huott after a woman contacted them in March, saying Huott had engaged in sex acts with her on numerous occasions, according to a police news release. At the time, she was a minor and Huott was her swim coach, according to police.
The Gazette generally does not name victims of alleged sex crimes.
Huott is charged with a second-degree sex offense, three third-degree sex offenses and one count of child abuse. According to online court records, the alleged incidents occurred from 1984 to 1989.
“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.
Police are asking anyone with additional information about this case or other possible victims to call them at 240-773-5400.
A preliminary hearing in Huott’s case is scheduled for May 23, according to online court records. Bond has been set at $50,000, according to police.
An attorney for Huott was not listed Thursday, and a phone number for him could not immediately be found. A call to the swim club Thursday evening was not answered.