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Trial date set for Galt High School assistant principal in golf club incident

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Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013 12:00 am

A June trial date has been set in the criminal case against Galt High School Assistant Principal Robert Rappleye. The date was set Friday in Calaveras County Superior Court.

Last July, police said Rappleye, then 61, was golfing at the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course in Angels Camp when 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 took a golf club and 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.

As he was loading his golf clubs into his car and preparing to leave, Rappleye reportedly admitted to a responding police officer that he struck the victim. Rappleye was arrested and booked into the Calaveras County Jail that night and released the next morning.

Rappleye, of Elk Grove, is a long-time employee of the Galt Joint Union High School District. He remains on paid administrative leave, according to Superintendent Matthew Roberts.

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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:38 pm on Mon, Jan 14, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4308

    Probably because he and his buddies had been tippling quite extensively, an admission of guilt under the influence wouldn't preclude a plea of not guilty after the fact.

    Since there were multiple witnesses, including the victim's wife, I doubt that a verdict of not guilty will result. If convicted, I am sure that the State may take action to revoke his teaching/administrative credentials, which they should.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:26 am on Sun, Jan 13, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    If found guilty will he be made to pay back the funds he received while awaiting trial? Seems he postponed this trial mainly to receive his salary as long as he possibly could. I would hope his victim takes him to either criminal or civil court and file suit for at least those undeserved wages, if not tenfold. The victim will be the determining factor in this case depending on his testimony and the fact that the defense attorney feels he can twist it to seem to lean in the defendant's favor. It only takes one juror to declare a mistrial.

  • roy bitz posted at 10:05 pm on Sat, Jan 12, 2013.

    roy bitz Posts: 489

    According to this article----this person admitted to clubbing a person with a golf club last July. He was placed on administrative leave--- with pay until his trial in June this year. I presume tax payers will also continue to pay for his healthcare and retirement package for a full year even though he admitted to this aggressive offense.
    Three questions and two comments:
    1. Why is this person being given such special treatment even though he admitted attacking a person with a golf club?
    2. Is he considered unstable by authorities as a result of this matter?
    3. Will he be allowed to resume his position as an assistant school principle in Galt or anywhere else after his trial in June if ( it could happen) a jury finds him innocent--- even though he admitted to the act?

    Good he was armed with only a golf club.
    Temporary Insanity is not temporary.

  • Todd Cronin posted at 12:41 pm on Sat, Jan 12, 2013.

    Todd Posts: 96

    (submitted for simon birch's approval)

    I sincerely hope that "he" get the "justice"
    that "he" SO richly needs/deserves!!!!



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