Trial date set in Dwight Bowling civil suit

January 30, 2013 10:35:26 AM



OXFORD -- A civil lawsuit filed against former Mississippi and Alabama prep football coach Dwight Bowling will be heard in March of 2014 in federal court in Oxford. 


The Monroe County School District and its administrators are also defendants in the case. 


WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that the lawsuit was filed by a former student at Smithville High School who claims he was coerced by Bowling to engage in sexual activity at the school, at Bowling's home and at other times. 


The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. 


Bowling pleaded guilty to federal and state charges including fondling, sexual battery, child exploitation, bribery of a witness, tampering with a witness, and enticement of a minor for sex. 


He is currently in a federal prison in Petersburg, Va., serving 35 years on all charges.