A former high school softball coach from Ohio who sexually assaulted one of her students multiple times has just pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges and faces nearly a decade behind bars.
According to Butler County Court records, Ashley Ra-Nae Rison, 31, admitted legal culpability for one count of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition.
Rison was first taken into custody on seven additional charges, according to arrest and court records. In the plea deal between the defense and the prosecution, the remaining counts, which included tampering with evidence and providing alcohol to a juvenile, were dismissed.
The indictment states that starting in April 2021, Rison and the child had eight sexual relations. According to the court record, Rison allegedly held positions of authority or control over the student.
Former high school softball coach Ashley Ra-Nae Rison, who sexually assaulted one of her students, made several attempts to cover her tracks
Rison allegedly made valiant attempts to prevent word of the illicit relationship from ever leaking, but in vain.
Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Lindsay Sheehan said during a prior court hearing that “in addition to what the child tells us, we do have recordings between Rison and the child where Rison makes multiple incriminating statements in asking and begging the child not to report her to the authorities.”
Rison’s actions towards the 17-year-old softball player were brought to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office’s attention on May 3, 2021. Rison quit her job on the same day. She had been an employee there since 2015.
“The New Miami Local School Board no longer employs Ashley Ra-Nae Rison.” “Ms. Rison resigned from her position as paraprofessional and coach effective May 3, 2021,” New Miami Local Schools Superintendent Rhonda Parker said.
In January 2022, the defendant was indicted. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones reportedly stated at the time, “We trust the teachers to protect our kids, not to violate them.”
Rison was released on bond earlier this week and is subject to ankle monitoring. According to Butler County court records, she may be back in jail at this time.
Rison’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 16, 2022. She faces up to eight years in prison and must register as a Tier III sex offender upon release.