MARTINEZ -- A former Kennedy High School varsity football coach was being held Friday at County Jail after he was arrested on almost two dozen counts of child abuse.

Barron Edwards, 51, faces 21 counts of sodomy of a minor under the age of 10 and two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14, according to Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee. Edwards is being held on $21.2 million bail.

Edwards served as Kennedy's football coach in 2004 and 2005.

Lee said Edwards was arrested Thursday afternoon at a residence in San Lorenzo, though he could not confirm if the residence was Edwards' home. Lee confirmed Edwards was arrested on a Ramey warrant, which allows officers to make an arrest while they are still collecting evidence.

Lee would not say where or when the alleged crimes took place. Investigators are still working on the case.

The sexual assault unit of the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office said Friday it had not yet received Edwards' case.

Staff writer Malaika Fraley contributed to this report. Contact Katie Nelson at 925-945-4782 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.



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