BENTON — Prosecutors, police, the alleged victim and defense attorneys have reached a tentative agreement for a plea deal with kent Barlow.
The parties met for a mediation session last week. A Marshall grand jury indicted Barlow on counts of rape, kidnapping, wanton endangerment, assault and terroristic threatening in April.
Barlow, former principal of South Marshall Middle School, faced the charges in relation to an incident March 10 and 11. The Kentucky State Police believe Barlow held a woman at gunpoint, forced her to have sex, fired a pistol around her and after escaping, believe he chased her down in his yard on Soldier Creek Road and continued to hold her against her will before she escaped.
Barlow since resigned his position with Marshall County Schools.
Marshall County Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship said Barlow tentatively agreed to plead guilty to wanton endangerment, unlawful imprisonment and assault in exchange for a 10-year sentence in state prison.
“The victim has consistently felt that the crimes were not sex crimes. She feels as she was beaten, physically abused and scared to death. She does not want us to go after him on a rape charge,” Blankenship said.
Mark Bryant and Emily Roark, attorneys for Barlow, did not return calls to The Tribune-Courier.
Barlow is scheduled for a hearing on Aug. 7 where he is expected to make a formal plea of guilty.