Former Fishers swim coach indicted and charged with larceny, fraud

Former Fishers swim coach Ken Stopkotte was indicted by a federal grand jury in Tennessee and charged with bank larceny, money laundering, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to the indictment, Stopkotte stole $181,608 in donation checks from the mailboxes of numerous churches in the Nashville area between Aug. 27, 2012, and Feb. 28, 2013.

Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reported on Stopkotte’s alleged thefts from churches last year.

Stopkotte was a fugitive for several months, and was eventually captured in Guadalajara, Mexico.

According to the indictment, Stopkotte laundered money by wire transfers into an account located in Cyprus.

He also used a credit card that had been issued to another person to charge $13,631 in payments, according to the indictment.

If convicted, Stopkotte faces 10 years in prison on the bank larceny offenses, 20 years in prison on the money laundering charges, and 15 years in prison on the access device charge.

Additionally, Stopkotte also faces $1 million in fines and a 2-year minimum sentence on the aggravated identity theft charge.

Stopkotte, who served as the Fishers High School swim coach from 2006 to 2012, made headlines in central Indiana when he was accused of stealing pool rental money.

The Hamilton County prosecutor dismissed criminal charges in March 2012, and Stopkotte filed a defamation suit against Hamilton Southeastern Schools and Mel Goldstein of the YMCA.

In addition to serving at Fishers High School, Stopkotte also worked as the coach of USA-Swimming-sanctioned swim club Fishers Area Swim Tigers (FAST).

Stopkotte was in charge of renting the Fisher’s High School pool to community groups, including YMCA’s Indy Swim Fit, a program run by Goldstein.

Stopkotte spoke to RTV6 in 2009 and ABC’s "20/20" in 2010, blowing the whistle about sexual abuse within the sport of swimming.

Stopkotte resigned in August 2010 from FAST and Fishers High School amid allegations he altered times for swim meets.

USA Swimming banned him for two years and Indiana swimming banned him for five years.

Stopkotte told Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney the Hamilton Southeastern school district should pay and apologize for falsely accusing him of theft.

"I think people need to be accountable for telling the truth," said Stopkotte in a Skype interview last year. “I've had to undergo thousands of dollars of counseling. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about what happened."

Court records show the lawsuit against Hamilton Southeastern Schools was dismissed in May 2013.

Stopkotte's former Indianapolis attorney Jonathan Little told Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney he's no longer pursuing claims against Goldstein.
 
"Ken Stopkotte revealed a ring of child molestation in United States Swimming that has led to the criminal prosecution and conviction of at least one coach, that being Rick Curl in Maryland," said Little in a statement to RTV6. "There is no excuse for theft and if Ken did indeed commit theft, he will have to deal with those consequences. The indictment does not change the fact that the Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation falsely accused Ken of numerous felonies, rendering him unemployable for over 18 months."
 
Little said Stopkotte lost his money and reputation because he spoke out about child molestation in the sport of swimming.
 
"Dr. Brian Smith, the leadership of  the HSE School Corp. and United States Swimming have still cowardly avoided responsibility for their role in ruining Ken's reputation and life -- no amount of money can ever restore Mr. Stopkotte's reputation and the action of Dr. Smith, his employees, United States Swimming and their agents, are shameful and pathetic," Little said. 
 
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