U.S. Secret Service now investigating former Fishers swim coach Ken Stopkotte

Authorities don't know where Stopkotte is

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. - A Tennessee judge has issued an arrest warrant for former Fishers swim coach Ken Stopkotte after he failed to appear for two court appearances there this week, a deputy district attorney and court clerk said.

"We don't know where he is," Deputy District Attorney Jessica Borne told Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney. "We can’t move forward with the case until he is picked up."

According to court documents, Stopkotte is now under investigation by the United States Secret Service after accusations that he stole checks in Rutherford and Davidson counties in Tennessee.

In 2010, Stopkotte was charged with stealing $17,000 in Fishers pool rental money, but the Hamilton County prosecutor dismissed the charges in March 2012.

Stopkotte, who served as the Fishers High School swim coach from 2006 to 2010, filed a defamation lawsuit Jan. 28, 2013, against Hamilton Southeastern Schools and Mel Goldstein, of the YMCA.

Stopkotte was arrested Feb. 20 by Franklin, Tenn., police on suspicion of stealing checks from the First Presbyterian Church. He was supposed to appear in court on April 9, but did not show up.

The former swim coach was also supposed to appear in court April 12 on charges stemming from three additional cases involving domestic assault, theft of over $1,000 and false reports to police.

A police report from Franklin, Tenn., police indicated that the domestic violence charge came from an October 2011 incident involving his now estranged wife, Rebecca Stopkotte, who reported that Ken Stopkotte punched her in the back and squeezed her neck area.

In February, Stopkotte told Kenney that the school district and Goldstein falsely accused him of theft, which negatively impacted his life.

"It’s been a devastating experience," said Stopkotte, adding that it's difficult to find work. "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."

On Dec. 3, Stopkotte pleaded guilty to the domestic assault, theft of over $1,000 and false reports to police charges, according to Williamson County court employees who checked court records for the Call 6 team.

Little said it is unlikely the Tennessee charges would come up at the defamation trial in Indiana.

"He's innocent until proven guilty," said Little.

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 Fishers 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.

He 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 RTV6 the Hamilton Southeastern school district should pay and apologize for falsely accusing him.

"I think people need to be accountable for telling the truth," said Stopkotte in an interview with Kenney in February.

 

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