Guntersville City Schools Superintendent Speaks On Volunteer Coach’s Arrest
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville City Schools is looking heavily into the allegations against the high school’s volunteer girl’s soccer coach.
Barrow is facing charges for sexual abuse and human trafficking.
Kristian Griffin was also arrested in connection to this case, and is facing charges for conspiracy to commit sexual abuse of a child less than 12.
Police arrested Barrow during a Guntersville High School girl’s soccer tournament in Huntsville.
Guntersville City Schools Superintendent Dale Edwards says the school system is looking heavily into the allegations against Barrow, who had been with the school for at least a decade. “We as a school system will be conducting our own investigation,” Edwards says.
Edwards says they want to be sure none of the allegations against Barrow are connected to the school.
The Madison County Assistant District Attorney tells us right now it seems as if the charges stem from the Huntsville area, and are not related to the girl’s soccer team Barrow volunteers for, or the school.
Edwards says during Barrow’s extensive time with the system, they never suspected anything to the nature of the charges. “During all that time I’ve never heard one negative comment about him,” Edwards says.
That’s why Edwards says the news of Barrow’s arrest came as a shock to the school and the system. “Just hope that something turns up that’s not as bad as it appears,” Edwards says.
Edwards says moving forward, Barrow won’t be allowed back at the school for the time being.
“He’ll be suspended from any involvement with Guntersville athletics pending the results of this investigation,” Edwards says.
Monday afternoon Barrow bonded out of jail.
As of Monday afternoon Griffin was still being held in jail.
Huntsville Police tell us there could be more charges filed in this case.