Bowling denied bond on Itawamba charges

FULTON – A circuit judge on Monday denied bond for former Smithville football coach Dwight Bowling.
Bowling, who was indicted in Itawamba County last week on five charges related to his alleged sexual relationship with three minors, made a brief appearance in court for his arraignment before Judge James L. Roberts.
Afterward, he was returned to the Lafayette County Adult Detention Center.
He is currently being held there without bond on federal charges of obstructing a criminal investigation and four specific charges of crossing state lines to engage in sexual activity with a minor.
Bowling, who coached at Smithville for 28 years and won two state championships, also faces charges in Monroe County.
The 55-year-old Bowling was arrested Sept. 17 on his way back to his Itawamba County home after a win by the Sulligent High Blue Devils, where he was coaching.
Allegedly, he had a 13-year-old boy in the truck with him who later claimed Bowling had touched him inappropriately several times since January.
Bowling is on administrative leave from his job in Sulligent.
His trial date in federal court is set for January in Greenville.

ADAM ARMOUR / Itawamba County Times