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Former high school coach pleads guilty to sexual abuse

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BENTON, Ky. (AP) - A former high school football coach has pleaded guilty in western Kentucky to sexual abuse.

Attorney General Jack Conway's office says Former Marshall County High School coach Ronald E. Barnard pleaded guilty Tuesday to six different charges, including five felonies.

Sentencing is Nov. 5 in Marshall County. The attorney general's office said in a news release that the 47-year-old Barnard agreed to a total sentence of seven years.

The release said Barnard was arrested last year in a case involving a 15-year-old student at the school. Investigators examined personal computer devices belonging to Barnard, and he was indicted in May in connection with another female student, who was 17.

The release said the investigation led to discovery of a fake Twitter account set up by Barnard to communicate with students and allow inappropriate pictures to be exchanged.

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