BREAKING: Ex-coach Bowling to plead guilty to state sex-with-minors charges

By Patsy R. Brumfield

ABERDEEN – Dwight Bowling was expected to plead guilty this morning to multiple state charges in a sex-with-minors scandal that rocked the region’s sports world.

Bowling came to fame as a championship coach at Smithville High School before going on to similar success at Sulligent, Ala. He also wrote a book about his coaching career.

He was arrested last September on the way home from a Sulligent High football victory.

In late April, he pleaded guilty to multiple federal charges that he transported minors across state lines for sex, as well as attempting to prevent a witness from telling investigators about their years-long affair.

Circuit Judge James Roberts will preside over the hearing. It’s not clear whether he will sentence Bowling today.

Given his age, 55, and the federal-state sentences, Bowling could be facing life in prison. Whether he will begin with state or federal sentences also wasn’t known this morning.

When he will be sentenced on the federal charges hasn’t been announced.

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