September 28, 2010 8:11:00 AM
OXFORD - An Alabama high school football coach accused of child molestation and trying to get the victim to lie to authorities investigating the incidents will make an initial court appearance Wednesday in Oxford.
Dwight Bowling is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court before Magistrate S. Allan Alexander.
The 55-year-old Bowling was head football coach for Sulligent, Ala., High School in Lamar County when he was arrested Sept. 17 on charges he repeatedly carried minors from Mississippi to Alabama for sex.
Before moving to Sulligent, Bowling coached high school football for 28 years in Smithville, Miss.
Bowling has been charged in federal court with one count of attempting to bribe a witness and four counts of coercing a minor into having sex.
The alleged acts occurred in 2006 and in August 2010.
Federal prosecutors said that in a recorded telephone conversation between Bowling and a now 19-year-old male shows, Bowling can be heard offering money and pleading to keep quiet or lie about their relationship.
Bowling faces a maximum life sentence if convicted.
Bowling was being held without bond in the Lafayette County jail in Oxford.
He has pleaded not guilty 10 state counts in Monroe and Itawamba counties related to the same incidents. Prosecutors said the charges will be presented to a grand jury.
warren commented at 9/28/2010 10:52:00 AM:
This is one of our biggest problems with the Gay and Lesbian community. The more they are "accepted" into our society, the more access they have to our youth. And when they are given this access under the guise of "Good, productive, responsible, citizens, it makes it VERY DIFFICULT for our youth who are molested to "report" these "Role Models" to anyone, even their parents or peers. The Gay and Lesbian culture CANNOT reproduce, therefore they must RECRUIT, and they start with our youth. Our youth, as well as ourselves, must be taught how to Recognize and Report this sort of activity in our community.
kj commented at 9/28/2010 1:46:00 PM:
Homosexuality isn't a bug in the software, it's a feature.
As far as recruiting goes, you're confusing homosexuality with religion. There is no need to recruit homosexuals. Orientation as a component of human sexuality is distributed across a spectrum and is an innate characteristic, just as it is in almost every other observed animal species. The only thing unnatural about homosexuality is the misdirected hatred it inspires in a segment of our population.
Oddly enough, there is a strong correlation between the amount of hatred expressed and the homosexual orientation of those expressing it. It's ok. I accept you.
rebelblr commented at 9/28/2010 1:56:00 PM:
So this is a problem strictly among the Gay and Lesbian community? I think not. It has nothing to do with sexual preference and everything to do with adults taking advantage of and preying on young, innocent children. PERIOD. The reality of the fact is that most pedophiles are straight and married. There is no scientific evidence supporting that pedophilia is more prevalent among homosexuals than heterosexual. If I were you, I'd do my research before I posted incorrect data and made myself look like a fool. You may not agree with homosexuality - and that is your right. However, there is no reason to assume that just because someone chooses to love someone of the same sex, that they also choose to sexually abuse/molest little children. That is ridiculous. Statements like that are a prime example of being completely ignorant about a subject and twisting things to make yourself look superior to a group of people. God created everyone EQUAL. No one person is better than the next. This is not a matter of sexual preference, rather one of the simple difference between right and wrong. What Coach Bowling did is unforgivable and disgusting - everyone can agree on that. He should be punished to the fullest extent. We should also all pray for those children and their families, as their lives have been changed forever. Let us just hope that everyone can come together and help each other move past what is something that no one should ever have to endure.