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Charges dropped against Galt High School assistant prinicipal in golfing incident

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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 5:28 pm

The Calaveras County District Attorney has dropped assault charges filed against Galt High School Assistant Principal Robert Rappleye, clearing the way for him to return to work.

Rappleye was accused of wielding a golf club and striking a fellow golfer while playing at an Angels Camp golf course in July 2012.

Rappleye, of Elk Grove, has been on paid administrative leave since the incident, but Superintendent Matthew Roberts of the Galt Joint Union High School District expects Rappleye to be back on site soon.

The end of the school year is next week.

Calling it “great news,” Roberts said in an email that the district is pleased that the process worked through for Rappleye.

Angels Camp police had said the 62-year-old was golfing at the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course when he and his golfing partners became angry over the pace of play by a husband and wife.

He was arrested and booked into the Calaveras County Jail after police arriving on scene said they found two men engaged in a verbal argument in the parking lot, one of whom was bleeding from injuries to his left shoulder blade and left forearm, the police report said.

The injured man requested medical assistance and was treated on scene for injuries to his arm and back, which he said he sustained when he was hit by Rappleye, according to the report widely distributed to the media.

Rappleye, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday, reportedly admitted to police he struck the victim while they were on the 18th tee, but pleaded innocent in November 2012 to two charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

The case was scheduled for a jury trial beginning next month.

The longtime district employee served as Galt High’s math department chairman until transferring in 2002 to Estrellita High School. He has worked as an administrator at Galt High since 2003.

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