Former Wootton High School Football Coach Charged With Sexual Abuse of Two Players

Christopher Papadopoulos. Via Montgomery County Police.

A former Wootton High School football coach was arrested Monday and charged with sexual abuse of two student players.

Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) detectives charged Christopher Papadopoulos, 26, of Gaithersburg with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of fourth degree sexual offense, according to online case records. Papadopoulos was an assistant varsity football coach at Wootton High School from 2016-2020 and police said the two victims were student football players at the time of the abuse.

The abuse occurred after school hours and off school property, police said. MCPD said Papadopoulos sexually abused and exploited one victim multiple times, and sexually abused and solicited the other victim. Special Victims detectives began their investigation on Feb. 28.

Wootton Principal Kimberly Boldon said in a community message that Papadopoulos is “currently not serving as an assistant coach at any MCPS high school and has been placed on administrative leave.” Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala told MyMCMedia that his work concluded at the end of the football season.

MCPD is concerned Papadopoulos may have more victims and asks them to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400. Papadopoulos’ bond review is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Maryam Shahzad

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Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in December with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. Maryam loves visual media and always says the movie is better than the book. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.

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