This guy went 15-months branded as a thief and criminal. He was neither and some suggest this was retaliation for getting child protection into the limelight; see the press release below:
Press Release: For Immediate Release - March 7, 2012
Indiana Swim Coach Ken Stopkotte Vindicated by the Dismissal of Criminal Charges Indianapolis, IN -- March 7, 2012 -- Hamilton County prosecutors agreed to drop all charges yesterday against former Fishers area swim coach Ken Stopkotte, resulting in Hamilton County Superior Court Judge Gail Bardach dismissing the case (Hamilton County Superior Court Case No.29D06-1011-FD-005906).
Stopkotte maintained his innocence from the beginning. He refused to accept every single plea bargain offered by prosecutors and was prepared for a jury trial to prove his innocence.
Statement from former Fishers Area Swimming Tigers swim coach Ken Stopkotte: "The original allegations in the Official Affidavit for Probable Cause as signed by Fishers Police Detective Daniel Nelson led to media insinuations and statements that I "stole", "pocketed rental fees", and was charged with "felony theft". Nowhere in the affidavit did it state that I personally misused or otherwise used the nearly $17,000 in question for my own personal benefit. Rather the document refers to me depositing the money into a "private account" for Swim Club expenses.
The so-called "private account" was opened under the name of the Fishers Area Swimming Team and was used as an operating account for the swim club that paid for the high school swimming and diving team's pool equipment and to pay for stipends to Fishers High School swimming coaches. There was no theft. There were no pocketed rental fees and there was no stolen money. There was no evidence or even an allegation that I used the money for personal use. I am relieved that my good name has been restored. The financial and emotional damages to my family and I have been devastating. I will not be making any further statements," said Stopkotte.
Stopkotte is best known for having the bravery to come forward with information to assist sex abuse victims that USA Swimming covered up alleged sexual molestation by USA Swimming coaches. As a result of his outspoken criticism of USA Swimming's leadership, Stopkotte filed a successful complaint with the United States Olympic Committee alleging