Ice skating coach engaged in sexual misconduct with 16-year-old student, lawsuit hears

A Hackensack man who taught ice skating to Bergen County teenagers has been sued by a former student who claims he engaged in sexual misconduct with her when she was 16.

The former student, who is now 20, alleges in the lawsuit that Andrew N. Lavrik, 36, ‘used his power of supervision and discipline (to create) a special relationship’ so he could touch her inappropriately, humiliate him and satisfy himself sexually.

Lavrik was arrested on January 3, 2019, and charged with criminal sexual interference and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the lawsuit filed June 22 in Bergen County Superior Court.

He pleaded guilty only to the endangerment charge on November 10, 2020 and was granted pre-trial intervention, the suit says.

The lawsuit also names The Ice House in Hackensack, claiming the facility enabled the abuse by allowing Lavrik to meet the victim on its properties and for allegedly failing to investigate rumors of the coach’s inappropriate conduct.

The lawsuit alleges the girl was abused at various times and places in the county between April 4, 2018 and December 8, 2018, when Lavrik was supposed to coach ice skating and ice dancing.

“The ice house permitted and allowed Lavrik full access to the property and all facilities of the ice house, which enabled the defendant Lavrik to secure the trust of the plaintiff and her mother “, says the lawsuit.

Robert Bakos, facilities manager for The Ice House, said Thursday the company had no comment on the lawsuit.

Lavrik could not be reached for comment. A cell phone number listed in his name has been disconnected.

The lawsuit alleges a violation of New Jersey’s child sexual abuse law, reckless misconduct, neglect, emotional distress, and gender discrimination.

“By allowing and allowing sexual misconduct to occur unabated, The Ice House has created a hostile environment on the basis of gender,” the complaint states.

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.

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