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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:14 am, Wed Oct 17, 2012.

Robert Rappleye of Elk Grove appeared in court Tuesday and his previously set preliminary hearing was confirmed for Nov. 5, according to Calaveras Superior Court records.

Rappleye, Galt High School’s assistant principal, was reportedly 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 struck the husband twice, according to police. 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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  • roy bitz posted at 10:02 pm on Wed, Oct 17, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 489

    Your Honor,
    Unless the husband and or wife was pointing a gun at this man I see no excuse for him attacking them with a golf club.
    Even if he was drunk or his meds were off--- this assistant school principal is obviously " out of control" and must be kept far away from any schools and golf courses.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:06 pm on Wed, Oct 17, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 499

    I agree, and I'm betting there will be further delays to keep those gravy paychecks coming while a deal is worked to get the victim to drop the charges.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 4:19 pm on Wed, Oct 17, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    I've never really understood "paid leave". If an employee has done something that requires removal from the workplace why should he/she be paid?



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