A string of sexual assaults at Ooltewah High School has led to adults and juveniles facing charges in juvenile court. The school's head coach, assistant coach and athletic director are all facing juvenile court charges of failing to report child abuse or child sexual abuse after prosecutors say that the adults didn't notify the proper authorities about the alleged sexual assaults.
In a recent hearing, the Hamilton County judge refused the three men's motions to have their cases dismissed because the incident happened in a different county. They also noted that the head coach took a victim to the hospital and did file a police report there.
The incidents allegedly happened in a cabin in Gatlinburg. Three juveniles are facing aggravated assault and aggravated rape charges in connection with the case. Allegedly, two teammates held down another teammate while another boy sodomized him with a pool stick. That boy had to have surgery because of the incident.
The athletic director's attorney asked for his client's case to be dismissed because he was in Gatlinburg to watch his son and that he wasn't there in an official capacity. He also noted that he was 10 miles away from where the assaults allegedly occurred.
One issue that was brought up is that the incidents happened in Sevier County instead of Hamilton County. The judge has rejected the defenses' claims noting that protecting children is the important thing here.
It is crucial that these adults and juveniles carefully consider the evidence the prosecution has so they can figure out how to present a defense against these charges.
Source: KSPR 33, "Judge won't dismiss charge in Tennessee rape case," Tessa Carletta, Jan. 21, 2016