Former soccer coach pleads guilty to more child porn charges in Marshall County, will serve 30 years

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David Barrow (WHNT News 19 file)

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Today, a former soccer coach pleaded guilty to more charges against him in a child pornography investigation.  David Barrow pleaded guilty to two counts of production of obscene matter, which is production of child pornography and is a Class A felony.

The judge sentenced Barrow to 360 months, or 30 years, to run concurrently with the sentence he received in Huntsville last week.

“It is very important to remember that because the crimes Barrow committed here in Marshall County included the production of child pornography, the sentence he received today is a day-for-day sentence, meaning that Mr. Barrow will have to serve 30 years day-for-day with no possibility of parole or good time,” said Jennifer R. Bray, Assistant District Attorney.

Barrow must also forfeit all electronic devices seized from him by police.

“We are very happy with the outcome as this sentence basically ensures that Mr. Barrow will never walk the streets of Guntersville or anywhere else again where he will have the opportunity to prey on young people and manipulate people like he did in our community,” said Bray.

Barrow was once a volunteer coach with the  girls soccer team at Guntersville High School. He was indicted last year after being arrested in May 2014 during a state soccer tournament in Huntsville.

Bray thanked several agencies who helped with the investigation, including the Guntersville Police Department, the Marshall County Major Crimes Computer Forensic Unit, the Huntsville Police Department, the Marshall County and Madison County Child Advocacy Centers, the Madison County District Attorney’s Office and the Guntersville School System.

Barrow’s co-defendant


Kristian Griffin

Last week in Madison County, Barrow’s co-defendant Kristian Griffin pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit sex abuse of a child under 12. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison.  Madison County Circuit Judge Alison Austin chastised Griffin for her crimes, saying she’d failed as a parent to protect her family.

Defense attorney Robert Tuten said Griffin had a drug problem and Barrow was supplying her drugs to ensure her cooperation in the scheme.

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