Former children's home worker appears in court
A Sullivan County woman accused of child rape is scheduled to appear in court today.
26-year-old Sonya Pickel is charged with facilitation of the rape of a child, statutory rape by an authority figure, aggravated statutory rape, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and buying alcohol for minors.
Sullivan county authorities say the charges stem from Pickel's time as an employee at Tri-State Children's Home in Bristol, Tennessee. Authorities say Pickel was having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy.
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