- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) - A Richland martial arts instructor has denied allegations that he had sexual contact with one of his students.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2drJzHu ) that Oscar Perez Garnica pleaded not guilty to child molestation Wednesday. He has until Friday to post $10,000 bond or turn himself in to the Benton County jail.

Garnica, who is also a math teacher, has been placed on administrative leave from his job at Kennewick High School.

The molestation allegations stem from an August encounter at a martial arts school.

Court documents say the girl told her school counselor that she and Garnica had kissed and that he touched her inappropriately. The documents also show the two talked about having sex.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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