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The York City school board fired a suspended Dover High assistant girls' basketball coach who is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student who plays or played for the Eagles.

Aignee Nicole Freeland, 23, of York City, had been employed as a cafeteria aide at the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy on Texas Avenue.

The York City school board voted unanimously Monday, Jan. 22, to end that employment, according to board president Margie Orr.

The York City board's action came two weeks after Freeland was charged with third-degree felonies of institutional sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor.

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Freeland, an assistant basketball coach for the Dover girls' basketball team, was suspended by the Dover Area School District on Dec. 20 after district officials became aware of the alleged relationship with a student who is or was on the team.

She was arrested and charged by Northern York County Regional Police on Jan. 10 and was released from York County Prison on Jan. 12 after posting bond.

Orr said she personally knows Freeland, a graduate of William Penn Senior High School, and is disappointed in the charges against her.

"She allowed herself to get caught up into this," Orr said. "There's no excuse about what she (allegedly) did, but I do feel bad for her."

Freeland remains on suspension at the Dover Area School District, district administrator Amy Aumen confirmed Wednesday, Jan. 24.

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