Accused Former Coach Now Charged With Sex Crimes in OK As Well as AR

A former club and high school coach in Arkansas has now been charged with sex crimes against a minor in Tulsa, Oklahoma after pleading “not guilty” to similar charges in Arkansas.

Stephen Duwel was the head coach of Northwest Arkansas Aquatics and volunteered as a coach with Bentonville High School. He was arrested over the summer and charged with intenet stalking of a child and fourth-degree sexual assault. We covered the original charges here when Duwel pled “not guilty” to all seven.

Duwel is accused of meeting a 14-year-old boy on an app that required users to be 18 or older. The boy allegedly initiated the contact, but Duwel allegedly continued to contact the boy after finding out he was just 14. Duwel was charged with seven felony charges in Arkansas.

Now reports that Duwel has also been charged with similar crimes in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This time, Duwel is accused of engaging in sexual activities with a 15-year-old Oklahoma boy. Duwel allegedly sent the boy an inappropriate video of himself and met the boy at a Tulsa hotel where they engaged in sexual activities last spring, according to TulsaWorld.

Duwel, 50 years old, has his next hearing in the Arkansas case on February 25. TulsaWorld now reports there is a warrant for his arrest in Tulsa, with bail to be set at $65,000 once he is arrested.

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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career of almost two decades wasn’t enough for this Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for, covering swimming at every level. He’s an …

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