Ken Stopkotte
Courtesy of: Carmel High School
GUADALAJARA, Mexico, July 13. KEN Stopkotte, who at one point had charges dropped for on allegations of stealing from Fishers High School, has now been detained in Mexico for missing court appearances related to stealing money from churches in Tennessee.

Jack Simon, an ASCA Hall of Famer currently in Guadalajara, saw Stopkotte in town and knew that he was wanted by the U.S. Secret Service and turned in Stopkotte, Swimming World has learned. He in turn informed Stopkotte's ex-wife, who turned over the information to the Stopkotte's bail bondsman. This led to Stopkotte being picked up by his bondsman yesterday in Mexico as he is facing extradition to Tennessee.

Originally arrested on Feb. 20 regarding the allegations of theft in Tennessee, Stopkotte failed to show up for his court case in April and has been on the run from the law ever since. Stopkotte also missed a court case on April 12 regarding domestic assault charges according to RTV6 in Indianapolis.


The Stopkotte journey dates back to 2009 and 2010 when he was an integral part of the ABC 20/20 investigation that led to news of widespread sexual abuse within the ranks of the sport of swimming in the U.S.

Soon after the report, Stopkotte was hit with a two-year ban from USA Swimming and a five-yard ban from Indiana Swimming for fraudulently altering times for swimmers involved in meets he oversaw. The Indiana Swimming ban is still in place, while he has served his time under the nationwide ban.

Stopkotte later had to fight off charges of theft from Fishers, but looks to have taken a turn for the worse since being involved in such an open and public confrontation with USA Swimming and other elements within the sport. He has since plead guilty to domestic assault and other theft charges.

"It's been a devastating experience," Stopkotte told RTV6 in an interview earlier this year. "I've had to undergo thousands of dollars of counseling. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about what happened."


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