MARTINEZ -- Prosecutors on Tuesday said a third sexual assault victim has come forward against a former Richmond football coach, prompting additional criminal charges.
Barron Edwards, a 51-year-old San Lorenzo resident, was charged in May with 16 felony counts alleging sex crimes against two girls in the 1980s and 1990s. On Monday, the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office filed an amended complaint that alleges Edwards molested a third girl in the early 2000s, bringing the number of felony charges against him to 39.
Edwards appeared in custody at a Richmond courthouse on Tuesday but again delayed entering a plea. His attorney, deputy public defender Wayne Anderson, told a judge that he is investigating whether there are statute of limitation issues surrounding the allegations against his client.
Edwards is charged with 23 counts of molestation of a child under age 14, six counts of forcible molestation of a child under 14, two counts of molestation of a child age 14 or 15, three counts of rape, two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under age 14, two counts of kidnapping and one count of child molestation, according to court records.
The youngest victim was 5 years old when the abuse began, deputy district attorney Melissa Smith said. She declined to give any information about how Edwards knows his accusers.
Edwards coached varsity football for Richmond's Kennedy High School in 2004 and 2005. He also coached basketball at De Anza High School in Richmond and has worked with Boys & Girls Clubs in the East Bay since the 1980s without incident, according to his attorney.
Judge Joni Hiramoto on Tuesday raised Edwards' bail to $34.15 million in light of the new charges. Edwards is scheduled to return to court to enter a plea on July 2.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office said it's still investigating whether there are additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to call 925-313-2621.
Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.