A Calaveras County judge has scheduled yet another court date to set a preliminary hearing for Robert Rappleye, a Galt school administrator who is accused of striking another golfer with a golf club. The next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10.
The Galt High School assistant principal remains on paid administrative leave after the alleged altercation at an Angels Camp golf course earlier this summer.
On July 13, police said Rappleye, 61, was golfing at the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course 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 tempting to block the blows, according to witnesses in the police report.
According to the report, as Rappleye was loading his golf clubs into his car and preparing to leave, he admitted to a responding police officer that he struck the victim. His clubs — including one with a large bend in it — were taken for evidence, police said at the time.
Rappleye, who lives in Elk Grove, was arrested and booked into the Calaveras County Jail that night and released the next morning.
He entered a not-guilty plea at an earlier court appearance. At that time, a judge scheduled Tuesday's court appearance to set a preliminary hearing, but delayed the action.
Rappleye has been placed on paid administrative leave by the district, according to Audrey Kilpatrick, chief business official for the Galt Joint Union High School District. She said the district is conducting an internal investigation.
Rappleye is a longtime certificated employee who is contracted to work a certain number of days during the 2012-13 fiscal year. School started last week.
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