It’s been a rough month for Guntersville High School. Just weeks after the school’s girls soccer coach was arrested on disturbing charges of sexual abuse and human trafficking, an assistant football coach was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana.
As reported by Huntsville network WHNT, Guntersville running backs coach Larry Hudson was arrested and charged with possession of “spice”, which is a blend of synthetic marijuana. The 28-year-old coach also served as an aide in the school district, though his duties have all been suspended pending a school investigation into the charges.
The charges against girls soccer coach David Barrow are significantly more troubling. The longtime coach was arrested shortly after coaching his team in the state soccer semifinals, and was held on charges of sexual abuse and human trafficking. Prosecutors allege that Barrow paid to have at least one (and possibly two) 12-year-old girls brought to his house with the express intent of taking photos and video of the victims and then sexually abusing them.
Another man, Kristian Griffin, was also arrested in connection to the case and was charged with conspiracy to commit sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old.
As one would expect, Barrow was immediately suspended from all coaching duties pending the outcome of his trial. That there is even enough evidence to levy the charges against him almost insures that he will probably not take up the coaching mantle at Guntersville again.