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Parents notified prior to coach child porn arrest

Guntersville soccer coach David Barrow is charged with multiple counts of child porn. Guntersville soccer coach David Barrow is charged with multiple counts of child porn.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall said his office made the decision to notify parents of the alleged victims in the David Barrow child porn case before the coach's arrest made it public record.

Barrow faces 24 counts of producing child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography, one count of possession with intent to disseminate child porn, and one count of aggravated criminal surveillance in Marshall County. He faces other similar charges in Madison County.

Teams from the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office and Guntersville Police Department made contact with families of the victims and answered questions about the investigation and what to expect.

Marshall said they let people know the investigation is ongoing and they may need to meet with them again in the future.

The district attorney said they told parents about Barrow's charges and let parents decide how much or how little information they would share with the child victims.

Marshall said they received a range of emotions from disbelief, to shock, to anger, and to betrayal. He said the parents have been very supportive and they ultimately want the truth and justice in this case.

Marshall said at this point it’s unknown if there will be more victims. He said there is still a lot of forensic evidence to go through and they will know more as the case unfolds.

Meanwhile, Barrow remains behind bars in the Marshall County Jail on a $2.5 million bond.

Marshall said his office is providing assistance to the families of the victims, but they also enlisted the help of the Child Advocacy Center because of their expertise in this area of child victims.

"They truly will know the nature of counseling that needs to be provided, individual for each child, as well as whether the families could benefit as well from that same service," Marshall said. "We'll do a continuum here that will allow our office to be involved and also rely on those partners of ours who have some expertise in this area."

Guntersville School Superintendent Dr. Dale Edwards said he met with Marshall Monday afternoon and said the school system will be using their counselors in conjunction with the Child Advocacy Center.

Edwards feels the need to keep their counselors involved because many of the students already have a good relationship with their counselors through their interactions in the school system.

For now, Edwards said they’re still working on the details of when to provide the counseling whether it start when school does on August 12 or earlier.

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