Ala. coach to plead in Miss. molestation case - - Jackson, MS

Ala. coach to plead in Miss. molestation case

JACKSON, MS (AP) - Federal court records say an Alabama high school football coach is planning to plead guilty Wednesday in a child molestation case in Mississippi.

Dwight Bowling, whose career took him from schools in Mississippi to Alabama before his arrest last September, faces federal charges of harassing a witness and four counts of coercing a minor into having sex. He faces state charges in Mississippi's Itawamba and Monroe counties that include fondling and sexual battery.

Court records indicate Bowling has been involved in recent plea negotiations aimed at settling all the charges.

Bowling was the longtime coach at Smithville High School in Monroe County, Miss., before retiring and taking a job at Sulligent High in Sulligent, Ala. He was coach at the Alabama school at the time of his arrest.

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