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Former Richmond high school football coach Barron Edwards, 51. (Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office)

MARTINEZ -- Investigators say they believe other children may have been victimized by Barron Edwards, a former Richmond high school football coach charged with 16 counts of felony sex crimes Tuesday.

Edwards, who coached varsity football for Kennedy High School in 2004 and 2005, was arrested in San Lorenzo last week. He was charged Tuesday with 16 felony counts, including rape and lewd and lascivious acts on a child under age 14.

A judge issued a protective order Tuesday barring Edwards from having any contact with the alleged victims, identified only as "Jane Doe" in court papers.

Wednesday morning, investigators searched a Pittsburg home "affiliated" with Edwards, according to Jimmy Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. Lee did not say why the home was targeted or what investigators found.

Edwards, who is being held at County Jail in Martinez, will be back in court June 4 in Richmond. His bail, originally set at $21.2 million, has been reduced to $2.575 million, Lee said.

The charges, filed with an enhancement alleging multiple victims, carry a potential punishment of more than 79 years to life in state prison, senior Deputy District Attorney Nancy Georgiou said.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have been victimized by Edwards or anyone he had inappropriate contact with to leave their contact information on the Sheriff's Office tip line at 866-846-3592, or to email investigators at tips@so.cccounty.us.


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