VERNON, Ala. – State charges are likely in Alabama against former Smithville coaching icon Dwight Bowling.
Sheriff Terry Perkins, of Lamar County, Ala., where Sulligent High School is located, said today he feels “like something will come” from an ongoing investigation surrounding Bowling, who is on administrative leave from his job as Sulligent’s head football coach.
Bowling, 55, was arrested Sept. 17 as he drove home to Itawamba County from Alabama after a win by his Blue Devils football team.
Days later, he was indicted on five federal counts and arrested on 10 state charges, mostly on allegations he carried minors across state lines for sex.
Some of the charges accuse Bowling of committing sexual acts against the minors at the Sulligent Field House.
He pleaded not guilty to the state charges and is likely to do the same Wednesday during a federal hearing in Oxford.
Perkins said his investigator still has work to do and he’s waiting to discuss the case with District Attorney Chris McCool on how they will proceed.
Meanwhile, the longtime coach, with two state championships across 28 years in Smithville, is in the Lafayette County Detention Center held without bond.
• Read Wednesday’s Daily Journal for more details.
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