Tribune-Courier News Reporter
Circuit Judge Dennis Foust recused himself in the case against former Marshall County football coach Ron Barnard Monday morning, citing involvement with Marshall County sports activities.
Foust said he expects a special judge will be appointed late this week or early next week.
Special Prosecutor Jeffrey Prather of the Attorney General’s Office requested to set a date for the next hearing.
Foust set a date for Sept. 5, but noted that date could change if there’s a conflict of schedule for the special judge.
Barnard’s attorney, Rawl Kazee of Lexington, was present for this hearing and asked if the case would remain in Marshall County or be moved to the special judge’s location.
Foust could not say with certainty where the hearing would take place but predicted the hearing would remain in Marshall County Circuit Court.
Barnard is charged with solicitation of the use of a minor in a sexual activity, a class C felony; unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in a sexual performance, a class D felony; sexual abuse in the first degree, a class D felony; and distribution of obscene matter to a minor, a class A misdemeanor.
Charges in the case stem from a May incident involving a 15-year-old Marshall County High School student.