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Ex-Marshall County football coach pleads not guilty

BY ANDREA MOOREamoore@paducahsun.com

BENTON - Ron Barnard, a former Marshall County football coach, made his first appearance in court Monday to be arraigned on charges involving sexual misconduct with a juvenile.

Barnard was represented by Paducah attorney Craig Newbern.

Newbern waived a formal arraignment for Barnard and entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to District Judge Jack Telle. 

Barnard is charged with two counts of using a minor to distribute obscene material, first offense, one count of promoting a minor under 16 to engage in a sexual performance, and one count of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.  

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department began investigating Barnard six months ago after being contacted by Marshall County Superintendent Trent Lovett.

According to the sheriff's office, Barnard had a conversation on June 2 on a fake Twitter account with a 15-year-old freshman girl at Marshall County High. The sheriff's office further alleged that later that evening and into the morning hours of June 4, Barnard engaged in a sexual conversation with the juvenile and asked her to send a nude picture of herself.

Newbern asked Telle to consider granting a property bond for Barnard, and Telle set a bond hearing for 1 p.m. Wednesday.  Telle also set a tentative date of June 18 for a preliminary hearing.   

 

Contact Andrea Moore, a Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8684.

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