Coach faces Internet sex charge

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 30, 2004

A Nansemond-Suffolk Academy basketball and football coach is out on bond after he was arrested Tuesday for allegedly soliciting sexual activity from a 13-year-old boy over the Internet.

Kenneth Wayne Crowder, 52, of the 200 block of Northbrooke Avenue, Suffolk, was arrested in Virginia Beach as he prepared to meet the &uot;youth&uot; as part of an undercover operation coordinated by Suffolk and Beach investigators, said Suffolk Police Detective Joyce Williams.

Authorities report that Crowder had used the screen name &uot;KCROWOO&uot; on the Internet. Police have seized Crowder’s computer.

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Crowder, a member of the NSA coaching faculty for the past eight years, was released from the Virginia Beach Correctional Center on Wednesday. He was charged with attempted indecent liberties and use of a communication device to facilitate certain crimes against children, according to Don Rimer, media relations officer for Virginia Beach police.

Crowder’s future is uncertain at NSA until the outcome of the case.

&uot;We are aware of the charges, and he (Crowder) has been placed on administrative leave until the charges are resolved,&uot; said NSA president Douglas Naismith. &uot;If (the allegations) prove to be true, he would of course not be eligible to return.

&uot;His record of coaching at NSA has been exemplary, and he is highly regarded in the NSA family. We never had any reason to expect any problem.&uot;

Crowder first coached at NSA in the 1980s, then left for a few years before returning.

Crowder’s attorney, Bill Johnson, could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

Anyone who believes they may be a victim of Crowder or who may have additional information, are encouraged to call the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Office at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. This case remains under investigation by members of the Virginia Beach Police Computer Crimes Unit.