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LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former Maryland swim coach was sentenced to at least a decade behind bars on Thursday for child sex abuse charges.

Christopher Huott, of Fulton, Md., was the founder and owner of the Maryland Suburban Swim Club in Laurel.

In March, police say they were contacted by a female victim who disclosed that Huott engaged her in sex acts on numerous occasions while she was a minor. According to police, the abuse started in the 1980s when the victim was seven years old, and continued for years. Huott was the victim's swim coach at the time.

The victim and her husband spoke at the sentencing, where they showed the judge pictures of the victim when she was on the swim team.

Two of Huott's brothers spoke on his behalf, saying that what happened was wrong but they know their brother is a good man.

Deputy States Attorney for Montgomery County John Maloney said that their office "was pleased with the sentence procured today for this very very serious crime."

Speaking after the sentencing the victim said that she felt relieved, and that her "main and only message is that it's never too late to come forward, there's no shame in being a victim."

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Though she was glad her abuser was brought to justice, the victim said "just as a regular person who suffered five years of abuse, ten years doesn't seem like enough."

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