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Walkerton, IN - John Barron, a John Glenn High School Teacher and Football Coach, Accused of Sexually Assaulting Female Student

Walkerton, IN - John Barron, a John Glenn High School Teacher and Football Coach, Accused of Sexually Assaulting Female Student
Published: February 20, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on February 20, 2024

Indiana High School Teacher and Football Coach Accused of Sexually Assaulting Student

ABC 57 reported that John Barron, a teacher and football coach at John Glenn High School located at 201 John Glenn Dr, Walkerton, IN 46574, has been charged with battery following an incident involving a female student. 

According to the Walkerton Police Department, the incident was reported on January 29, 2024, by a former student who alleged that Barron had sexually assaulted her while she was attending John Glenn High School. The victim claimed that Barron repeatedly touched her buttocks despite her objections.

The incident in question allegedly occurred on November 30, 2023, during homeroom when Barron asked the victim and her best friend to help prepare for a football banquet. As the victim turned around to place an award on the table, Barron swiftly slapped her buttocks without uttering a word. Although the victim wasn't certain if her friend witnessed the incident, they discussed it afterward, with the friend mentioning hearing the sound of the slap.

Authorities have obtained video surveillance footage from November 20, 2023, at 8:32 a.m., which shows Barron talking to the victim in his office. The footage reveals that as the victim exits the office and passes through a blind spot, she can be seen touching and rubbing her buttocks upon returning into view.

During the investigation, Barron admitted to exchanging text messages with the victim and described himself as being "hands-on" with his students in class. However, he claimed not to recall slapping the victim's buttocks and insisted that any physical contact was not intended to be sexual in nature.

Barron had previously worked at Plymouth High School for 17 years before joining John Glenn High School. The charges against him have raised concerns within the community and underscore the importance of ensuring the safety and well-being of students in educational institutions.

Law enforcement and school district authorities conducted a thorough investigation into the allegations. Barron will face legal proceedings as the case progresses, and the school district will take appropriate measures in accordance with the Indiana Code and John Glenn School Board Policy.

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Understanding Your Legal Rights if Sexually Abused By a High School Teacher or Coach

In light of the disturbing incident involving a high school teacher, the pursuit of justice for sex abuse victims becomes a pressing concern. To elaborate more on the legal options available to victims and their families, we sat down with school sex abuse lawyer, Attorney Jeff Gibson, Esq. Based in Indiana, Mr. Gibson shares invaluable insights into the process of seeking justice through civil cases. In this interview, he explores the steps victims can take, the potential challenges they may face, and the benefits that can arise from holding the responsible parties accountable.

Darla Medina: Good evening, Mr. Gibson. Thank you for being here.

Jeff Gibson, Esq.: Thank you for having me, Darla.

Darla Medina: I wanted to discuss the options available to sex abuse victims and their families when it comes to pursuing justice through civil cases. Can you clarify this for those who might be in a similar situation?

Jeff Gibson: Certainly, Darla. In cases of sexual abuse by a high school teacher or any other school employee, victims and their families may have the option to pursue a civil case against the liable parties involved. Civil cases provide an avenue for seeking justice and holding those responsible accountable for their actions.

Darla Medina: What are some of the steps that victims and their families should take if they wish to file a civil case?

Jeff Gibson: First and foremost, it's crucial to consult with an experienced child abuse attorney who can guide them through the legal process. The attorney will assess the specific circumstances of the case and help determine the most appropriate course of action. They will also provide support and ensure the victim's rights are protected throughout the proceedings.

Darla Medina: Are there any limitations or challenges that victims and their families may encounter when pursuing a civil case?

Jeff Gibson: Each case is unique, and there can be various challenges involved. Time limitations, known as statutes of limitations, are an important consideration. It's crucial to act promptly, as there are strict deadlines for filing civil claims. Additionally, gathering evidence and establishing liability can be complex. However, with the assistance of a skilled attorney and a thorough investigation, justice can be pursued.

Darla Medina: What can victims and their families potentially gain from pursuing a civil case?

Jeff Gibson: A civil case may provide several benefits. Firstly, it can bring a sense of closure and validation to the victim, as their voice is heard and their story is acknowledged. Secondly, it can result in financial compensation, which can help cover medical expenses, therapy costs, and other damages resulting from the abuse. Lastly, it can send a strong message that such misconduct will not be tolerated and may prevent future abuse by holding the responsible parties accountable.

Darla Medina: Thank you, Mr. Gibson, for going over this important topic. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Jeff Gibson: I would encourage any victim of sexual abuse at a high school to reach out to an experienced sex abuse attorney to understand their legal options fully. It's essential to remember that they are not alone and that support is available to help them seek justice and healing.

Darla Medina: Thank you once again, Mr. Gibson, for sharing your expertise and insights with us today.

Jeff Gibson: My pleasure, Darla. Thank you for addressing this critical issue.


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