Second Bowling-sex lawsuit filed in federal court

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – A second lawsuit moves to federal court accusing sexual improprieties against former Smithville coach Dwight Bowling.
This lawsuit, filed Monday by a Smithville High School graduate and his parent, also accuses the Monroe County School District and three present or former personnel of knowing about and ignoring or covering up Bowling’s alleged sexual misconduct against the man when he was a child.
Bowling, 57, is serving a 25-year prison term associated with his federal guilty plea that he transported minor males across state lines for sex and tried to tamper with a witness. He also faces state prison time, when and if he completes the federal sentence.
The new lawsuit, originally filed in Monroe County, claims that as a teacher and coach, Bowling “coerced” the boy to engage in sexual activity at school, at Bowling’s home and other times.
It also accuses William “Bo” Stevens, John Chrestman and Billy “Bubba” Tacker in their official and individual capacities of hearing complaints about Bowling and failing to act.
Stevens was Smithville principal, Chrestman was assistant principal, and Tacker is a coach and now assistant principal. Chrestman died recently.

More in Wednesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.