Neshannock teacher, Freedom Area coach arrested on child porn charges

Pennsylvania

Police have arrested a Pennsylvania teacher and head football coach on child pornography charges.

Russell Barley, 59, of Chippewa Township, was arraigned Thursday in Beaver on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

State police say they found a video of a nude 14-year-old girl from a computer in Barley’s home. Police say Barley told investigators he had deleted other downloaded videos because he “knew what he was doing was wrong.”

Barley was the head football coach for the Freedom Area School District in Beaver County. Superintendent Jeffrey Fuller said Barley resigned.

Fuller posted the following statement on the district’s website on Thursday:

The Freedom Area School District has been informed that Coach Russ Barley has been arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police and arraigned on charges dealing with the possession and distribution of child pornography. To our knowledge, no Freedom Area School District students were involved in Mr. Barley’s actions. Mr. Barley has been suspended from his position as Head Coach of the Freedom Bulldog Football team, effective immediately. He subsequently resigned his position with the Freedom Area School District. Because this is an ongoing legal and personnel matter, the Freedom Area School district will have no further comment.”

Barley also resigned from his position as a math teacher in the Neshannock Township School District in Lawrence County. Superintendent Terence Meehan released the following statement as well:

The Neshannock Township School District has been informed that a District teacher, Russell Barley, has been arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police and arraigned on charges associated with the possession and distribution of child pornography. The employee was immediately suspended from his position at Neshannock Township School District, and has subsequently notified the district of his immediate resignation from the District.

After speaking with the PA State Police we were informed that no Neshannock Township School District students were involved, nor was district equipment or resources used.

Because this is an ongoing legal and personnel matter, the Neshannock Township School District will have no further comment at this time.”

Barley is charged with three felony counts: dissemination of photographs, videotapes and computer depictions; sexual abuse of children and criminal use of a communication facility.

No attorney information is available. His home phone is unlisted.

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