The Times West Virginian

November 13, 2012

Former cheerleading coach waives right to preliminary hearing

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Amanda Jo Barker, the former freshman cheerleading coach at North Marion High School arrested by West Virginia State Police on three counts of child sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust, waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Marion County Magistrate Court on Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint filed at magistrate court, Barker, 32, allegedly had performed oral sex on a 16-year-old male student in her home three separate times, all in the living room of Barker’s home during the winter last school year.

She was arrested Oct. 23 by West Virginia State Police. Since then, she has been terminated from her position as compensated volunteer at the school.

The arrest came after a student told Rob Shaffer, assistant principal at NMHS, of hearing that Barker had performed oral sex on a fellow student.

Barker posted a $15,000 bond and faces 30 to 60 years in prison if convicted. She is represented by Fairmont attorney Shirley Stanton.

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