A prosecutor said in court Friday afternoon that investigators had obtained a confession in former UNCW assistant swim coach Nicholas John Walkotten’s child sex crimes case.
Raleigh police arrested Walkotten, 32, of Garner, on Thursday on one count of indecent liberties with a child and four counts of statutory sex offense with a child under the age of 15, according to court records. Arrest warrants state the alleged offenses happened between June 1 and August 1.
In Walkotten’s first court appearance, the prosecutor also said authorities have photo evidence of the alleged crimes and a text message chain between the female victim and Walkotten, in which he reportedly asked the girl to delete their correspondence, according to WRAL.
A judge ordered Walkotten have no contact with the alleged victim or any minor without expressed parental consent. The judge also lowered Walkotten’s bond from $2 million to $1.5 million.
Walkotten joined UNCW’s swimming coaching staff for the 2014-15 season. After that season, he joined the Marlins of Raleigh Swim Team as an assistant coach, according to his LinkedIn profile. He was fired two weeks prior to his arrest, WRAL reports.
Walkotten, a native of Michigan, competed in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 USA Swimming Olympic Trials and in 2008, he represented the United States at the World Championships, according to UNCW.
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