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Counselor at WA juvenile detention facility accused of sexual misconduct with inmate

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Erin Snodgrass was arrested on Monday on the charge of custodial sexual misconduct. Erin Snodgrass was arrested on Monday on the charge of custodial sexual misconduct.
CHEHALIS, WA (KPTV/AP) -

A counselor at a juvenile detention facility was arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate.

Erin Snodgrass, also known as Erin Stiebritz, was arrested Monday.

She is a counselor at Green Hill School in Chehalis, a medium-to-maximum-security fenced facility that offers educational opportunities to offenders including high school diploma, GED and pre-college courses, as well as vocational programs.

Other Green Hill School staff members reported inappropriate behavior involving Snodgrass, 36, and an 18-year-old resident of the facility.

Snodgrass was immediately placed on alternative assignment and was not allowed to have any contact with juveniles while the investigation was ongoing.

Court documents say Washington State Patrol investigators talked to the 18-year-old, who admitted to having a sexual relationship with Snodgrass. He said the alleged sexual contact occurred in her office at the Chehalis facility and that it happened after he turned 18 in July 2015.

Snodgrass has denied having any relationship with the teen, the Centralia Chronicle reports.

She appeared in court Tuesday on the charge of custodial sexual misconduct.

"We are disturbed by the actions of this individual and have done everything we can to hold her fully accountable," said John Clayton, rehabilitation administration assistant secretary.

In December, Mindi Stoker, an administrator at Twin Rivers Community Facility in Richland, was arrested and charged with custodial rape, and later resigned, after staff reported suspicious behavior that prompted an investigation.

"While most allegations of misconduct are eventually determined to be unfounded, DSHS has worked diligently to create a culture where staff understand the standard of conduct and are expected to report questionable behavior," according to a Department of Social and Health Services release.

Copyright 2016 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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