ROME – A trial date has been set for the Rome teacher who is accused of excessively disciplining special needs students at John E. Joy Elementary School.
Ashley Rasbach, 30, is charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment. She’s accused of grabbing a student by the hair and spraying them with a water bottle, and in a second incident she’s accused of squeezing a student between an open door and the wall, then picking that student up by her arms and dropping her on the floor.
Rasbach appeared in Rome City Court on Wednesday, and a bench trial was scheduled for Oct. 29-30. A bench trial is when a judge rather than a jury decides whether or not the defendant is guilty.
Last month a bench trial was held for 47-year-old Maria Fountain, Rasbach’s teacher’s aide, who was also accused of excessively disciplining a special needs student, and charged with one count each of endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment. During Fountain’s trial, the judge dismissed the charges against Fountain, saying the prosecution failed to prove their case.