Goldendale educator accused of sex with student

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GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) -- A Goldendale High School teaching assistant accused of having sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy has been fired from her job.

Cheri Powers has been charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and will be arraigned on Monday in Klickitat County Superior Court. Her lawyer, David Quesnel, says she's presumed innocent and will work through the legal process.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://is.gd/mEIPCu) a parent alerted school officials to the allegation.

Powers worked with special-needs students and also as an assistant track and cross-country coach.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com