Former Fishers swim coach accused of theft

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A former Fishers swim coach who’s suing the school system for defamation now faces accusations he stole from a Tennessee church.

Ken Stopkotte was arrested in Williamson County, Tenn., last week on two counts of theft. According to police, Stopkotte stole two checks from First Presbyterian Church. One, stolen around Dec. 19, was for $700; a second, stolen around Dec. 21, was for $625.

Stopkotte has been trying to rehabilitate his image since 2010, when he was arrested after being accused of misappropriating funds for Fishers High School. The school said he put money into an account for the swim club he ran instead of the school’s account. The Hamilton Southeastern School District accused him of theft, and Stopkotte ended up facing eight counts of fraud.

The charges were dismissed in March 2012.

A few weeks ago, Stopkotte sued the district for defamation and malicious prosecution, saying the charges were fabricated and caused him emotional distress.

Stopkotte resigned from his position as swimming coach at Fishers in August 2010 after admitting he falsified swimmers’ times, prompting a two-year ban from USA Swimming.

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