Ashley Rison Softball Coach Scandal Explained

Ashley Rison (full name Ashley Ra-Nae Rison) was a softball coach and teacher’s aide at New Miami High School in Butler County, Ohio. Rison began working for the school district in 2015.

Rison was accused of giving an underage high school softball player alcohol and engaging in sexual relations with the student multiple times. The student was 17 and Rison was 30.

Relationship Began April 2021

According to court filings, the relationship between Rison and a 17 year old student athlete allegedly began in April 2021. Rison was accused of giving the softball player alcohol in March 2021 and continuing on through May of that year.

The indictment against Rison said that she engaged in sexual conduct with the student eight times during the month of April in 2021.

Rison Resigned

Rison resigned from her position with New Miami Schools in May 2021, on the day when the alleged crime was reported.

Superintendent Rhonda Parker told a local TV station: “Ashley Ra-Nae Rison is no longer employed by the New Miami Local School Board. Effective May 3, 2021, Ms. Rison resigned from her position as Paraprofessional and Coach. New Miami Local Schools has no further comment at this time.”

Ashley Rison
Ashley Rison

Charges Filed

Rison was indicted in January 2022 and charged with eight counts of sexual battery. She was also charged with furnishing alcohol to an underage person and tampering with evidence.

Mike Gmoser, the prosecutor for Butler County, said that the prosecutor’s office was “not alleging a rape by force” and they only believed that Rison had one victim.

Bond was set at $10,000 for Rison and she posted the amount to receive a release from jail. The conditions of her bond ordered by the judge stipulated that she had to wear an ankle monitor, be on pretrial supervision and was prohibited from contact with the victim.

Ashley Rison – Court Appearance
Ashley Rison – Court Appearance

Recordings: Rison Tried To Cover Up

According to prosecutor Lindsay Sheehan, there were recordings made with Rison asking the student not to report sexual interaction to authorities.

Sheehan said in a court hearing, “In addition to what the child tells us, we do have recordings between Ms. Rison and the child of where Ms. Rison makes multiple incriminating statements in asking, begging the child not to report her to the authorities.”

Guilty Plea

In October 2022, Rison pleaded guilty to the charges against her. She plead guilty to charges of sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. Charges for evidence tampering and furnishing alcohol to an underage person were dropped.

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