Marshall accepts plea bargain

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Former girls’ soccer coach Chris Marshall, 39, pled nolo contendere, or no contest, to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor on July 11. The other seven related charges against him were dismissed in the interest of furtherance of justice.

Marshall entered the plea in exchange for a 16-month sentence in state prison, which means the case will not go to trial. He will have to register as a sex offender per California Penal Code 290.46.

Marshall was employed as a coach at Burroughs High School prior to 2012. He was arrested in September 2012 and charged with multiple counts related to sexual behavior with an underage child.

Sentencing is set for September 12 at 8:30 a.m. in Bakersfield’s Metro Division. Until then, he is free on $375,000 bail.

Karin Stone, director of client services for the Women’s Center High Desert was in the courtroom July 11, as part of the Center’s commitment to follow through on behalf of their clients. “It is our policy not to comment on any of the cases,” said Stone.

According to court records, there are no previous records on file for Marshall. He passed a background check at Burroughs before being hired.

Story First Published: 2013-07-17