Former Wootton High football coach charged with sexually abusing players

UPDATED: Former Wootton football coach charged with sexually abusing players

Police say abuse did not happen on school property

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This story was updated at 3:35 p.m. Oct. 13, 2020, to include a statement from Christopher Papadopoulos’ attorney.

A former assistant football coach at Thomas S. Wootton High School was arrested on Monday, accused of sexually abusing two players.

Christopher Papadopoulos, 26, was an assistant coach with the Rockville team from 2016 to 2020, and during that time, he is accused of having “sexual interactions” with two players, police said.

In a press release on Tuesday, Montgomery County police wrote that the sexual abuse did not occur on school property.

Police said they began investigating Papadopoulos in February and discovered that he sexually abused one victim on multiple occasions and “sexually abused and solicited” the second victim. An arrest warrant was issued on Oct. 6 and served on Monday night, according to online records.

In an email to Bethesda Beat, attorney Rene Sandler wrote that she is representing Papadopoulos.

“While we recognize the seriousness of the allegations they are just that — allegations — which will be zealously defended in court,” she wrote.

Papadopoulos was being held without bond. A bond review hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.

According to online court records, Papadopoulos faces two charges of sexual abuse of a minor and four charges of fourth-degree sexual contact. No attorney information was available for Papadopoulos on Tuesday afternoon.

No additional information was immediately available.

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