Former Washington Center teacher appears in court on sex charges | Local


A former Toppenish High School teacher accused of having sex with a student appeared in court on Friday and was released on bail.

Bertha Adriana Cerna, 40, had returned from California, waiving extradition, and appeared in Yakima County Superior Court. She was released on the $50,000 bond she posted when she was arrested on a warrant in Orange County, Calif., in August, Yakima County District Attorney Joe Brusic said.

Brusic had obtained a warrant from the governor to return Bertha Cerna on charges of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor and supplying alcohol to a minor.

Cerna, who previously taught high school English as a second language and coached the wrestling squad’s cheerleading squad, is the wife of former Toppenish wrestling coach and assistant manager John L. “Johnny” Cerna . Her stepfather is Toppenish School District Superintendent John Cerna.

Bertha and Johnny Cerna were fired by the school district after a district-led investigation into a student’s allegations that they knocked her out with alcohol and tried to trick her into having sex with him. Johnny Cerna. No charges have been brought against Johnny Cerna.

Attempts to contact Bertha Cerna and her lawyer, Ulvar Klein, were unsuccessful. Messages left on their phones were not returned by press time.

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