Trial date set for Crowder

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 3, 2005

The Nansemond-Suffolk Aca-demy coach charged with soliciting sex from a 13-year-old Virginia Beach boy over the Internet will stand trial this month.

A bench trial for Kenneth Wayne Crowder, 52, of the 200 block of Northbrook Avenue is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. March 28 in Virginia Beach Circuit Court, said Deputy Clerk Diana Jacobs.

Crowder, an NSA football and basketball coach for the past eight years, was charged

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Dec. 28 with attempted indecent li-berties and use of a communication/electronic device to facilitate certain crimes against children.

Crowder’s arrest was the result of an undercover operation between Suffolk and Beach investigators, Suffolk Police Department Detective Joyce Williams said in December. Police arrested him when he went to meet with the &uot;youth&uot; he had been communicating with via the Internet.

Crowder is free on bond, pending the outcome of his trial.