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Soccer coach accused of sex abuse maintains innocence

David Barrow (Source: Metro Jail) David Barrow (Source: Metro Jail)

The attorney for a Guntersville soccer coach accused of sexual abuse and human trafficking has no idea what the specific allegations are against his client.

David Barrow posted a $180,000 bond Monday. His attorney, Ron Smith, said Barrow is back home with his wife.

On Monday, Smith filed court documents asking for Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning to release Barrow because authorities failed to present a warrant within 48 hours of Barrow's arrest.

Smith said he will rescind that request (PDF) now that his client is out of jail. Smith said his client is maintaining his innocence. He is continuing to work in obtaining copies of the waarrants. He believes they could give him more specific information that what authorities have released up to this point.

WAFF reached out to Huntsville Police asking for more information on what happened; a spokesperson said he passed our request to the chief. We are still waiting to hear back.

Barrow was arrested in Huntsville at John Hunt Park on Friday after his team played in a state soccer tournament. He is the varsity girls coach at Guntersville High School.

"Everybody hears these allegations and the first thing people think of is, this guy is a monster. And he's sitting in jail, he can't get out, he can't hire counsel," said Smith. "He was very despondant for a while there. He was basically in a single cell for four days until he bonded out. He's very happy to be out; his wife is very happy to have him out."

Authorities also arrested Kristian Griffin as a co-conspirator on the sex abuse charges. Smith said he doesn't represent that woman, but wants to clarify some things about the two.

"There's been news outlets that say they are business partners and they have this working relationship. That sounds a lot more than what it was; she worked as a cashier at the store for a short period of time. That's the nature of their relationship," said Smith.

The store in question is Mike's Merchandise in South Huntsville, which Barrow co-owns.

Barrow's attorney filed a motion Tuesday afternoon, asking the court to give his client a preliminary hearing within the next 21 days. At that hearing, authorities would have to reveal specific information and evidence against the coach if they want the case bound over to a grand jury. A date has not been set.

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