Court testimony: Guntersville soccer coach used women to lure victims

Kristian Griffin walks to her court hearing on Thursday, August 13 in the Madison County Courthouse. (Photo: Dion Hose/WHNT News 19)

Kristian Griffin walks to her court hearing on Thursday, August 13 in the Madison County Courthouse. (Photo: Dion Hose/WHNT News 19)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Court testimony Wednesday revealed former volunteer Guntersville High School girls soccer coach David Barrow is accused of using a woman to ask girls on the Grissom High School swim team if they were interested in modeling and making extra money, according to our news partners at AL.com and The Huntsville Times.

That incident took place at a Huntsville YMCA, according to testimony in the preliminary hearing of Kristian Danette Griffin in Madison County District Court. Griffin is charged with three counts of human trafficking and two counts of conspiracy to commit sexual abuse in connection to these cases.

Assistant district attorney Tim Gann told AL.com and The Huntsville Times that nothing ever came of the offer to members of the Grissom swim team and an investigation is ongoing into that incident. The woman in this incident was not Griffin, but investigators believe they know her identity.

Further testimony by investigators revealed they believe Barrow used the promise of modeling careers to lure two 10-year-old girls into multiple instances of sexual abuse.

A judge ruled that there is enough evidence to send Griffin’s case to the grand jury.

Barrow is in jail in Marshall County.  He faces more than two dozen charges there in addition to the sexual abuse charges in Madison County. The next step in his case is a review, which is scheduled for September 1 before a Marshall County judge.

Read the full story on AL.com’s website by clicking here.

2 comments

  • Nuclear Mike

    …and right under the noses of so many public & school officials to have allowed this predator(s) to go undetected for so long…how was that possible????

  • Nuclear Mike

    …and right under the noses of so many public & school officials to have allowed this predator(s) to go undetected for so long…how was that possible????

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