High School Coach Released on Bail Following Rape Charges

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011  |  Updated 6:20 PM EDT
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High School Coach Released on Bail Following Rape Charges

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An Orange County High School soccer coach charged with two counts of forcible rape is out of jail on $25,000 bond.

Police arrested Steven Bowers on March 30.

According to arrest warrants, the charges stem from rapes in 2007 and 2008 in the town of Orange. The girls involved are now 15 and 16 and live in Spotsylvania.

Bowers appeared before Orange County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Frank Somerville Monday. Somerville set bond after Commonwealth's Attorney Diana Wheeler and defense attorney Charles Bowman reached an agreement on conditions for Bowers' release.

The court ordered Bowers not to have any contact with the alleged victims, and, except for his own children, he is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with anyone younger than 18. The court order also prohibits Bowers from going to his wife's workplace because she works with children.

Bowers is currently on administrative leave from his position as Orange County High's soccer coach. He's also been removed from his position as a youth minister at Salem Field Community Church in Spotsylvania.

Susan Coleman, chief executive officer of the church, told the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star  that the church screened Bowers before hiring him "and there was no indication of any potential danger to children."

She also said Bowers was no longer on the church staff and that the allegations occurred before he started working at the church.

"There are no allegations of wrongdoing by Mr. Bowers while he was employed at Salem Fields," she said.

School officials noted that the charges do not involve girls who were on the team or in the school system. 

Steven Bowers will appear in court again at 9 a.m. April 25.

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