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North Idaho gym teacher accused of sex abuse

Wed., Feb. 3, 2010, 3:23 p.m.

A North Idaho high school gym teacher and cheerleading coach is accused of sexually abusing a teenager, a school district official said.

Darin J. DeBolt, 26, a teacher at Lakeside High School in North Idaho, appeared in court today on one count of sexual battery of a minor child ages 16 or17 and one count of sexual intercourse with a minor child.

DeBolt was arrested Tuesday at the 130-student high school in Plummer, where the Spokane resident has worked for five years, said Judi Sharrett, superintendent of the Plummer-Worley School District.

“The district is fully cooperating with police,” Sharrett said.

DeBolt remains in Benewah County Jail on $50,000 bail.

DeBolt was on the cheer squad at Eastern Washington University and is a coach with All Star Cheer and Dance in Spokane Valley, according to the group’s Web site.

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