A key witness against Rash, according to online court documents, will be his wife, Felicia. Rash's attorney objected to her testimony, noting the spousal privilege, but the judge noted that the privilege applies to anything Rash told his wife, and not to anything she saw, heard, or heard from a third party.
Rash is charged with first degree rape, attempted first degree rape, four counts of rape by instrumentation, and two charges of lewd and indecent proposals to a child. All of the charges involve Rash and teenage male students.
From the Nov. 10, 2009, Tulsa World:
The sexual misconduct accusations came to light during a five-month investigation after Rash’s residence was vandalized. One piece of vandalism including writing on the side of his vehicle that stated he was a child molester, Ernst said. During the investigation, two former students came forward with the sexual allegations, including a former student who confessed to the vandalism, he said. The former band teacher also allegedly confessed to sexual misconduct with a former band student, Ernst said.
Rash taught at the Joplin Catholic Schools from 1995 to 1997 and was at Neosho from 2000 to 2007.