The Times West Virginian

May 16, 2013

Guilty pleas by former cheerleading coach on charges of sexual misconduct with minor

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Former North Marion High School freshman cheerleading coach Amanda Jo Barker, 31, of Mannington, pleaded guilty to three charges involving sexual misconduct with a minor at a hearing in Marion County Circuit Court Wednesday morning.

The charges include two counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian and one count of soliciting a minor via computer, all felony charges. Each count involves a separate, juvenile victim, according to information presented by Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson.

As part of the hearing procedure, Judge David R. Janes walked Barker through the implications of entering these pleas and waiving her right to indictment.

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