A Kennewick math teacher has been charged with third degree child molestation.

Oscar Garnica, who also coached bowling from 2008 through 2016, owns a martial arts school in Richland. He allegedly had been involved inappropriately with a teen girl, inappropriately touching her and making plans to have sex.

Allegedly, Garnica and the girl had been texting during late hours, even when he was aware the police had been involved. They had exchanged around 400 texts.

The incident allegedly occurred at Garnica's Choice Martial Arts in Richland.

Garnica is to appear in court October 19.

Felipe Caparr?s Cruz

[Tri-City Herald]