- 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 (https://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.

___

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

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide