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Guntersville girls soccer coach accused of sex abuse, human trafficking

Guntersville High School girls soccer coach 57-year-old David Jacobs Barrow was booked into the Metro Jail. Guntersville High School girls soccer coach 57-year-old David Jacobs Barrow was booked into the Metro Jail.
Griffin was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age. Griffin was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Guntersville High School girls soccer coach David Jacobs Barrow, 57, has been arrested on three counts of first degree sexual abuse and one count of first degree human trafficking.

Barrow was arrested in Huntsville at John Hunt Park on Friday after his team played in a state soccer tournament.

He was booked into the Metro Jail at 3:21 p.m.

At a news conference Friday afternoon, Huntsville Police said the investigation is far from over. Investigators also said the charges are not related to his position as a soccer coach.

Authorities said the trafficking charge came from allegations that Barrow was selling pictures of two 10-year-old girls.

Madison County Assistant District Attorney Tim Gann said his office is working with the Marshall County DA and Guntersville PD.

Police also arrested Kristian Danette Griffin in the case. She was arrested Thursday night after an interview at the National Children's Advocacy Center. Griffin was charged with conspiracy to commit sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age.

Gann said the investigation had been going on for a couple of weeks after a 10-year-old female made allegations.

"Any time you have a solicitation or a recruitment of a child where sexual activity is happening, it falls under human trafficking," said Gann.

Gann said Barrow owns a Mike's Merchandise and has a working relationship with Griffin.

Griffin previously pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary in Shelby County in 2008 and disorderly conduct in Talladega County in 2004.

"We are saddened by the news of the arrest of volunteer soccer coach David Barrow," said Guntersville Superintendent Dr. Dale Edwards. "We will be conducting our own investigation in cooperation with the police. With the latest developments we anticipate he will be suspended from the program pending the outcome of the investigation."

According to Pat McCay of the Huntsville Madison County Human Trafficking Task Force, the best way to stop human trafficking is to raise awareness, especially in children.

"Parents should have conversations with their children and let them know that there is something called human trafficking going on in the United States not just in third world countries, and that it's happening here in our community," said McCay.

McCay said if you need help getting that conversation started to contact through her organization's website.

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