Ooltewah boys’ basketball coach indicted in player rape case

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OOLTEWAH (WATE) – The Ooltewah boys’ basketball coach was indicted by a grand jury this week on charges of failure to report child sexual abuse following the alleged rapes of four freshmen during an out of town trip last year in Gatlinburg.

According to a release from District Attorney General Neal Pinkston’s office, Andre Montgomery faces four counts of failure to report child sexual abuse, a Class A misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to 11 months, 29 days behind bars. Pinkston could not comment further on the case and has asked the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office to do the same.

Montgomery along withassistant coach Karl Williams and athletic director Jesse Nayadley turned themselves over to authorities in March on charges of failing to report the extreme hazing and rape of an Ooltewah High School basketball player. Gatlinburg police said a 17-year-old from Ooltewah High School raped a teammate with a pool cue who was being held down by two 16-year-old players.

That player was sodomized with a pool cue and required hospitalization for a ruptured bladder, according to court documents. After the rape was reported, three other players said they had also been assaulted by upperclassmen and former members of the Ooltewah High School boys’ basketball team.

The case was bound to the grand jury in February.Copyright 2016 WATE. All rights reserved.

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