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Trial begins for former Wilson County principal

Posted November 1, 2010

— Jury selection began Monday for the former principal of Springfield Middle School in Wilson County.

Ronald Earl Barringer, 41, 3601 West Court West in Wilson, is charged with eight counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. On Dec. 9, authorities found numerous pornographic images showing underage girls engaged in sexual activity on Barringer's computer.  He was arrested in March.

A school system spokesperson said the alleged incidents did not happen on school grounds.

The State Bureau of Investigation's Computer Crimes division handled the investigation with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security.

Barringer was appointed principal at Springfield Middle on July 1, 2007, according to the school system. Prior to that, he was the assistant principal at Barnes Elementary School.


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  • djbraman Nov 9, 2010

    I was juror number 12 on the Barringer case, and I will put it to the public like this, if someone sent you an email and you clicked on it and saw a prompt for you to download it and you deleted immediately, a photo that could not be seen until the embeded download completed by clicking download (which you did not do) and then think that you could be arrested for possession of this email you didn’t ask for and had even deleted. This was what this case amounted to.

    Now we had to go on the law of what possession meant. The prosecution not only proved to us through their computer expert witness that Ronald did not have possession of these photos and that he didn’t even see them. The SBI agent said “if there was anything to this case I would be knee deep in it”, but he only pursued the case because the police dept wanted him to because Mr. Barringer was a principle. The agent took Ronald’s computer and using a special device (from the FBI) pulled up this dead file and saw where

  • Fredrick Bimmell Nov 8, 2010

    OK WRAL ...... How about an article about how this man was found NOT GUILTY?!?!?!?

    You reported it when he was "falsely" arrested. How about an update to clear his name

  • cactus95 Nov 5, 2010

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ...still waiting for some positive from WRAL. Sure makes you want to start supporting WTVD!

  • cb81 Nov 5, 2010

    Thats right people don't need to be in the news just for the bad stuff. What happened to the days when good things were news? Hasn't this man been through enough already? Also what happened to the days news stations reported both sides of the story?

  • hilldoll Nov 5, 2010

    I've e-mailed them twice and haven't gotten a reply or seen a report about his verdict. Come on... Let's see this on the website and on the news tonight. It was a big deal when he was arrested. It's a big deal now.

  • anneburtonr Nov 5, 2010

    not guilty...a man lost his reputation and his livelyhood on accusations. Where is WRAL's story about the verdict?

  • cactus95 Nov 5, 2010

    WRAL was QUICK to smear this all over their properties when this first hit. Where's the same publicity when there is good news? WRAT needs to start reporting the news and quit trying to make the news! Shame on those who cast the first stone!

  • cb81 Nov 4, 2010

    For all those who judged this man before they heard the story. The jury declared a verdict of not guilty. So stop jumping to a conclusion as soon as you see a headline. Sometimes the stories aren't all they are made out to be.

  • no contest Nov 2, 2010

    twc - Good comments! THere are kids that get into trouble for having a drawing of a gun. Too much political correctness in the US.

  • NCTeacher Nov 1, 2010

    He was my high school band director, and we all really liked him at the time. I was very surprised to hear when this all came out. But I guess it just goes to show you never know what people are doing behind closed doors.