Richland teacher pleads guilty in student sex case

RICHLAND — A Richland teacher who had been charged with raping a student pleaded guilty Thursday to the lesser charge of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

The Tri-City Herald reported the plea deal with Benton County prosecutors means 59-year-old Daryl Rachinski will have to register as a sex offender, undergo treatment and no longer work with young people. He may have to spend a month in jail.

Rachinski turned himself into police in June and said he had taken advantage of a close relationship with a teenage girl. He also resigned his job as a foreign language teacher at Hanford High School. He had worked for the district 19 years.

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

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