Former UNCW coach charged with child sex crimes, bond reduced

Nicholas John Walkotten (Photo: VineLink)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A former UNCW assistant swimming coach has been charged with sex crimes involving a child.

Nicholas John Walkotten, 32, faces two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count statutory sex offense with a child under the age of 15.

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WNCN reports Walkotten served as a coach with the Marlins of Raleigh until he was fired Aug. 2, team officials said. According to warrants Walkotten was arrested at a Raleigh police station for alleged crimes that happened on or between June 1 and August 1.

Walkotten was booked in the Wake County Detention Center. His bond was originally $2 million, but a Wake County judge reduced it to $1.5 million.

WNCN reports Walkotten’s attorney asked in court for bond to be reduced saying his client has no criminal history, is a decorated swimmer, and has a 2-week-old child.

Prosecutors said they felt given the nature of the charges the bond was too low, citing photo evidence, as well as text messages between Walkotten and the victim.

In court, the prosecutor said there were concerns Walkotten could destroy evidence, adding there were text messages between him and the victim, and a text exchange where Walkotten asked the victim to delete their correspondence.

The prosecutor also cited concerns about Walkotten’s past access to other children.

Walkotten join UNCW’s staff in 2014, according to a post on The story said he was an All-American swimmer at South Carolina and had previously spent four years as assistant director of competitive swimming at the YMCA of the Triangle Area. A university spokeswoman says Walkotten worked at UNCW from Aug. 27, 2014, until May 16, 2015.

WNCN reports the head coach of the Marlins of Raleigh said Walkotten was fired as soon as he learned about the abuse earlier this month. The US Center for SafeSport, a non-profit aimed at eliminating abuse and sexual assault within sports, was also notified.

Walkotten started coaching for the Marlins in the fall of 2015, according to the club’s head coach.