A former coach in Ohio has pleaded guilty to charges in connection to the assault of a minor student she reportedly begged the victim not to tell authorities, according to reports.
Former New Miami High School employee 31-year-old Ashley Rison pleaded guilty in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Oct. 11 to one count of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition, according to court records.
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WCMH-TV reported that court records indicate five other counts of sexual battery were dismissed along with a felony charge of tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor charge of furnishing alcohol to an underage person.
Rison’s indictment states that she engaged in sexual conduct with the minor eight different times in April 2021, WTVT-TV reported. The alleged crimes were reported to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office on May 3, 2021, and Rison quit her job at the school on that same day.
"In addition to what the child tells us, we do have recordings between Ms. Rison and the child of where Ms. Rison makes multiple incriminating statements in asking, begging the child not to report her to the authorities," Butler County, Ohio Assistant Prosecutor Lindsay Sheehan previously said in court.
Rison is facing a maximum sentence of nine years in prison and a $20,000 fine. She will also be on parole after her release and must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life, according to documents filed in court.
Rison was charged in January after a lengthy investigation of a relationship between her and the student, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
Rison began working in the district in August 2015 and was a coach on the girls' softball and basketball teams, WXIX-TV reported. Rison is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 16 and might be required to register as a sex offender.