Former Kentucky Coach Charged with Sex Abuse

A grand jury in Marshall County indicted one-time Marshall County High School coach Ron Barnard on Thursday.

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BENTON, Ky. (AP) -- A former western Kentucky high school football coach has been charged with sexual abuse and inducing a minor into a sexual performance.

A grand jury in Marshall County indicted one-time Marshall County High School coach Ron Barnard on Thursday. He is scheduled for arraignment on Aug. 4 in Benton.

Detectives told WSPD-TV in Paducah (http://bit.ly/1jliJgu ) the allegations against Barnard may span two decades. Sheriff's Lt. Matt Hilbrecht says he recently spoke with three former Graves County High School students about similar allegations.

Hilbrecht's investigation started in January after being contacted by the school district.

Hilbrecht says Barnard set up a fake Twitter account to send nude pictures of himself to a 15 year-old.


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