Former Smithville football coach negotiating a plea in child exploitation case

Federal court records indicate that an Alabama high school football coach is in plea negotiations in a child molestation case.

5R44_bowlingmugDwight Bowling is being held without bond in Mississippi's Lafayette County. He faces federal charges and state charges in two Mississippi counties. The charges include fondling, sexual battery, child exploitation and bribing a witness. He has pleaded not guilty.

Bowling, the former head football coach at Smithville High School, is on administrative leave from his post as football coach at Sulligent High School in Alabama.

In a court document filed Wednesday, Bowling's attorney, Christi McCoy, asked for a delay of his March 7 trial because of "trial preparation/plea negotiations."

McCoy did not immediately respond to a call Thursday.

Story from the Associated Press

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