Chester HS coach accused of assaulting girlfriend, son

Watch the report from Action News' Dann Cuellar.
April 7, 2014 8:22:50 PM PDT
A Chester High School basketball coach is accused of grabbing his girlfriend and her son by the throat during an altercation.

Action News was there when 43-year-old Larry Yarbray went to his girlfriend's house on the 1400 block of Elson Road, along with police, to retrieve his belongings.

"Not right now, I'll have my lawyer talk to you," said Yarbray, when asked about the allegations.

Police say it was Thursday, April 3 when Yarbray tried to choke his girlfriend during an argument. They say he then tried to grab her 14-year-old son by the throat when he tried to intervene.

Yarbray is the head coach of the Chester High School's boys basketball team. He replaced Fred Pickett, who retired in 2008.

Yarbray served under Pickett for many years as an assistant coach.

In a statement from Superintendent Gregory Shannon, he says in part:

"We need to let the judicial system take its course. I do want to point out that the coach is not an employee of the Chester-Upland School District but is paid by stipend. Since the basketball season is over, he is not now involved with our schools."

Yarbray was released on $75,000 unsecured bail. He faces charges of Aggravated Assault, Criminal Trespassing, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Making Terroristic Threats.

His preliminary hearing is set for April 24th.


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