Ex-New Miami softball coach pleads guilty to sex charges involving student
Oct. 11—A Hamilton woman and former New Miami coach has admitted guilt to engaging in sexual conduct with a teen student while she was a coach.
Ashley Ra-Nae Rison, 31, was indicted in January on eight counts of sexual battery and tampering with evidence, all felonies, and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor.
On Tuesday in Butler County Common Pleas Court, Rison pleaded guilty to sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and two counts of gross sexual imposition, both fourth-degree felonies. In exchange for the plea, the remainder of the charges were dismissed.
Rison faces the maximum of eight years in prison. She will be designate a Tier-III sexual offender, requiring her to register her residence with the sheriff for the rest of her life.
Judge Dan Haughey set sentencing for Nov. 16.
Rison is free on bond after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 bond. She is wearing a GPS monitor.
Rison resigned her position as a "paraprofessional and coach" effective May 3, 2021, according to New Miami Schools Superintendent Rhonda Parker.
She allegedly was meeting with a student and engaging in sexual activity while in the back seat of a vehicle, according to the Butler County sheriff's office and prosecutor.
Rison is a former head softball coach and teacher's aide for New Miami High School, and the charges stem from an alleged relationship involving Rison and a 17-year-old softball player, according to the Butler County Sheriff's Office.