A male high school girls basketball coach at an Arkansas charter school has been fired amid allegations of sexual assault, even though an investigation by the local police station failed to produce enough evidence to file charges.
Now Stephen Owen, until recently the girls basketball, volleyball and track coach at Academics Plus Maumelle Charter High School, is defending himself, insisting the claims against him are spurious, and taken outside of context.
Owen is accused of fostering an inhospitable environment for the female athletes he coached, including playing sexual music, telling his players how many women has has had sex with and allowing his players to change on the bus. He has also been accused of changing in the girls locker room, though the coach insists that only occurred when no girls were present, under a locked door.
“The only time I ever did, I was in the locker room with it locked and closed, and I changed and left before any other girl came back in there,” Owen told OzarksFirst