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Former Volleyball Coach Faces Additional Child Porn Charges


Update Thursday:

Salem, VA - Barger has now been charged with additional four counts of manufacturing child pornography, which is related to the original charges.


Salem, VA – Warrants show new details about the allegations against a man accused of secretly taping young girls in Salem.

For years, Dewayne Barger has been well known on the girls volleyball circuit in the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Police now say Barger was secretly taping young girls as they changed and bathed at his Salem apartment.

A parent of a girl who trained under Barger and a well-respected regional coach about said they were not surprised to hear about the allegations.

The father of the athlete said his suspicions began in 2010 when his daughter played with the NRV Juniors Volleyball Club. He says his concern over Coach Barger's behavior included long, late night texts about Barger's personal life to his daughter that made the girl uncomfortable.

As did the underwater aerobics sessions that Barger is said to have overseen at the Green Ridge Recreation Center that would end with Barger in the hot tub with the girls.

The father says he complained to league officials to no avail.

The coach says it is well known that many parents had concerns about Barger over the years, and that complaints were made to a variety of people also, apparently to no avail.

The warrant released Wednesday shows that "multiple" girls are involved in these tapings and considering Barger's coaching history includes Salem and Eastmont High Schools as well, it could be some time before this investigation wraps up.

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