Manchester Stingray Swim, Polo Coach in Custody


Manchester, MO, Stingray swim and water polo coach Bryan Ziegler, who has been charged with child molestation, was taken in to custody on Tuesday according to a spokesman for the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney.

Ziegler was briefly at large after the charges were made public by the Post-Dispatch and other local media outlets on June 26. He checked in to a hospital on June 17 according to his attorney, who later contacted the Prosecuting Attorney’s office to make arrangements for his surrender. Ziegler has since been released after posting a $50,000 bond. No date for his arraignment has yet be set.

USA Water Polo has confirmed that neither Ziegler nor the Manchester Stingray club are registered with the organization. Ballwin police investigators and the Prosecuting Attorney’s office were unaware of whether the city of Manchester, or the Parkway School District, had done background checks on the coach. Ziegler was formerly a contracted employee of Parkway South High School.

The city of Manchester has not yet responded to a request for information about whether a background check had been administered on Ziegler.

Correction: an earlier version of this post did not contain the date Ziegler checked in to a hospital. Since updated.