One of the most talked-about people in the city of Salem these days is Dewayne Barger, a former volleyball coach at Salem High School. Given the gist of the story, it’s easy to understand why.
Salem police arrested Barger on March 22. He’s charged with four counts of possessing child pornography and four counts of producing it.
The charges stem from a pen video camera that an acquaintance of Barger turned over to police. In court documents, police said they found covertly recorded images of nude and apparently underage girls bathing, and images of other underage girls trying on volleyball uniforms.
Salem police said the videos were recorded in Barger’s apartment on Red Lane Extension, where he lived from 2011 to 2012.
Why were underage girls bathing in his apartment? What are the circumstances surrounding the other images? Those questions haven’t yet been answered. But the notions they conjure are skin-crawlingly creepy.
Even more eyebrow-raising is this: Other girl volleyball players unrelated to the investigation say they reported Barger for inappropriate behavior as far back as 2007.
Yet Barger continued to coach girls’ volleyball – as a volunteer assistant at Salem High until 2011, for a time at Eastern Montgomery High during 2012, and as the assistant director of a travel team until just before his arrest.
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