Goldendale educator accused of sex with student



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 ( a parent alerted school officials to the allegation. The Goldendale Sentinel first reported ( the teacher’s dismissal last week.

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


Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic,