Ex-New Miami softball coach pleads guilty to sex charges involving student

Ashley Rison faces 8 years in prison.

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.

ExploreRELATED: Former high school softball coach indicted on sex charges involving student

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.

About the Author