MARTINEZ -- A former football coach at Richmond's Kennedy High School was charged Tuesday with 16 felonies alleging sex crimes committed against two minors in the 1980s and 1990s.

Barron Edwards, a 51-year-old San Lorenzo resident, is expected to be arraigned Wednesday on three counts of rape, 12 counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under age 14, and one count of lewd and lascivious acts on a child age 14 or 15, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office.

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

Authorities say they are not releasing any information about the victims, including their genders, how they know Edwards, or when they first reported him to police.

Edwards, who served as Kennedy's varsity football coach in 2004 and 2005, was arrested at his residence in San Lorenzo on Thursday afternoon and has been jailed in lieu of $21.2 million bail since.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office says it is investigating whether there are additional victims. Anyone with information can call 925-313-2621.

Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.



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