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Seattle superhero loses state job after arrest

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The Associated Press
Ben Fodor, a self-styled superhero who goes by the name "Phoenix Jones," talks to reporters as he stands next to one of his attorneys, Matt Hartman, right, after Fodor appeared in court on last month in Seattle.

 Seattle's masked crime-fighter Phoenix Jones has lost his day job.

The superhero — real name Ben Fodor — was informed by the state Department of Social and Health Services he could no longer work with vulnerable children because of his Oct. 9 arrest for investigation of assault.

He says he was breaking up a late night fight and used pepper spray in self-defense.

The seattlepi.com reports the 23-year-old has not been charged, but the case is still before the city attorney. An assault conviction would ban him permanently from working with vulnerable people.

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