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Ala. prep football coach indicted in Monroe Co.

An Alabama high school football coach has won a delay in his January trial on federal charges of child molestation and trying to get the victim to lie to authorities.

Dwight Bowling has pleaded not guilty. He has been held without bond in the Lafayette County jail since his arrest.

Bowling’s attorney, Christi R. McCoy, asked for the delay so she would have more time to prepare Bowling’s defense.

U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper on Wednesday rescheduled the trial for March 7 in Greenville, Miss.

Bowling, 55, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held without bond in the Lafayette County Detention Center.

He also is accused of similar charges in Itawamba County. In Monroe County, Sheriff Andy Hood said Bowling was indicted by a grand jury on eight counts and will be arraigned on Jan. 5 in circuit court in Aberdeen.

Bowling has been held without bond in the Lafayette County jail since his Sept. 17 arrest as he drove home from a victory by his Sulligent, Ala., team.

He’s on administrative leave from his job.