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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:55 am, Thu Nov 8, 2012.

During a court appearance Monday, a Galt High School assistant principal charged with assault with a deadly weapon in an alleged golf course incident waived his preliminary hearing and is expected to enter a plea at another appearance Nov. 30, according to Calaveras Superior Court records.

According to a police report, Robert Rappleye of Elk Grove was golfing at the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course in Angels Camp in July when police said he and his golfing partners became angry over the pace of play by a golfing husband and wife.

A verbal argument became physical when Rappleye, 61, took a golf club and allegedly struck the husband twice, police said. The husband was injured on the left arm and shoulder blade after attempting to block the blows, according to witnesses in the police report.

Rappleye was arrested and booked into the Calaveras County Jail that night and released the next morning.

The Angels Camp Police Department recommended to the District Attorney’s Office that Rappleye be charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The charges can carry fines of up to $10,000 each or jail time.

Rappleye is a long-time employee of the Galt Joint Union High School District. He is currently on paid leave.

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