New court date for Ala. prep football coach in molestation case

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - An Alabama high school football coach will stand trial Jan. 3 on federal charges of child molestation and trying to get the victim to lie to authorities investigating the incidents.

Dwight Bowling has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper, in an order Thursday, set the new trial date at the request of defense attorney Christy R. McCoy. Bowling was initially scheduled for a Nov. 8 trial in Greenville.

McCoy said she needed more time to prepare. Prosecutors did not oppose the new date.

Bowling, who lives in Itawamba County, was arrested Sept. 17 as he drove home from a victory by his Sulligent, Ala., Blue Devils football team.

He's on administrative leave from his job.

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