A Calaveras County judge set a date to determine a preliminary hearing in the criminal case against Galt High School Assistant Principal Robert Rappleye. The date was set at Rappleye’s arraignment Tuesday in Calaveras County Superior Court for Aug. 21.
On July 13, police said Rappleye, 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.
According to the report, as he was loading his golf clubs into his car and preparing to leave, Rappleye 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.
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, of Elk Grove, is a long-time employee of the Galt Joint Union High School District. It is unclear whether this incident will affect his employment.
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