FAIRMONT, W.Va. — A former freshmen cheerleading coach at North Marion High School was placed on home confinement after pleading guilty to having sex with teenage boys.
A Marion County circuit judge sentenced 31-year-old Amanda Jo Barker, of Mannington, to 12 to 30 years in prison after previous guilty pleas to two counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian and one count of soliciting a minor via computer.
Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said the judge ordered alternative sentencing by putting Barker on “total lockdown home confinement.”
Wilson said Barker faces several years before getting a chance at parole.
“At this point it’s home confinement for a 10-to-20 and a 2-to-10 sentence—so it would be quite some time,” he said.
Investigators said Barker had oral sex with boys who were 16- and 17-years-old.
Troopers with the State Police Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested her last October on sexual abuse charges and then arrested her on additional charges in December.