FormerSouth Marshall Middle Schoolprincipal Kent Barlow has resigned in the midst of an investigation into charges of rape and unlawful imprisonment. Barlow appeared in Marshall District Court Wednesday and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The Paducah Sun reports Superintendent Trent Lovett confirms Barlow’s resignation. The district begins a search for his replacement today and will fill the position before July 1. Kentucky State Police arrested Barlow following allegations of rape by a female acquaintance. The case now goes before the grand jury. Barlow next appears in court April 16th.