A man trusted to coach high school students was booked Thursday into the Contra Costa County jail on suspicion of molesting children.
Police arrested 51-year-old Barron Edwards, a former west Contra Costa County School District football coach, Thursday afternoon at his San Lorenzo home. He is being held on $21.2 million bail.
A sheriff's spokesperson said Edwards was booked on 21 counts of sodomy with a child under 14 years old and two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old.
It was unclear how many alleged victims there are, or if any of them were from Kennedy High School during the time he served as a coach there.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department isn't releasing his booking photo, but KTVU has footage of the suspect from a 2004 interview when he was head coach at Kennedy High School in Richmond.
KTVU was doing a story about University of California Berkeley's grade point requirements making it difficult for students from Richmond to get accepted.
"That hurts a lot of our kids," Edwards said in the interview. "You know, most of our kids are floating around the 2.5, 2.6 grade point average here and we've been having a lot of problems with our test scores lately, but we're working on trying to get those up."
Edwards is also a local musician.
A YouTube video from February 2010 shows Edwards performing at Kimball's, an East Bay club.
He also brought his Motown-styled Barron Edwards '60s music revue to the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley last December.
KTVU spoke Friday with Sweetwater's booking manager, who said they were surprised to hear the allegations against Edwards and said his dealings with the man were pretty standard and nothing remarkable.
A source in the Contra Costa County district attorney's office said Edwards was arrested using a Ramey warrant, which allows officers to make an arrest while they are collecting evidence.
The case will hit the district attorney's desk for charging on Tuesday.
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