Ashley Rison: Ohio coach, 31, who had sex with 17-yr-old student 8 times ‘begged’ teen not to report it
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BUTLER COUNTY, OHIO: A softball coach from Ohio pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual battery charges in a case involving a 17-year-old student. Ashley Rison, 31, who worked as a teacher's aide at New Miami High School, pleaded guilty on October 13, Wednesday. According to court documents, Rison has pled guilty to sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, and gross sexual imposition.
According to Butler County court documents, She was also charged with tampering with evidence and providing alcohol to an underage individual at the time of her indictment, but those counts were later withdrawn.
The Butler County Sheriff's Department claims that Rison's victim was a student who played softball and was 17 years old. According to prosecutors, Rison engaged in sexual activity with the student eight times in April 2021 before she was reported, according to WXIX Channel 19.
According to the Butler County sheriff's office and prosecutor, she was reportedly meeting with a student and engaging in sexual activity in the backseat of a car. Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser told People, "It was discovered she was in a car with the [victim] and observed and it went from there."
Authorities had "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," According to a prior statement made by Lindsay Sheehan, assistant prosecutor of Butler County, to WXIX.
Rison coached girls' basketball and softball, according to members of the New Miami Board of Education. According to them, she started working for the district in August 2015, reported Fox19 Now. “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,” Superintendent Rhonda Parker told, FOX19 NOW reported.
"Every prosecutor that I have ever known, and in every state I have ever dealt with, takes cases involving teachers and students very seriously with respect to sexual conduct and contact," Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said.
"We are dealing with impressionable young minds, and along time comes an adult who takes advantage of them. We take all felonies seriously but I think we add a little extra seriousness to these positions-of-trust type offenses. Prosecutors can hold these people accountable to let them know we take this seriously," he added.
She will return to court for sentencing on November 16.