Appeals court upholds local judge's ruling in connection with Ooltewah High School rape case
Appeals court upholds local judge's ruling in connection with Ooltewah High School rape case

Burns is the last adult facing charges in connection with the Ooltewah High School rape case.

UPDATE: Court of appeals to hear case against Gatlinburg Detective Rodney Burns
UPDATE: Court of appeals to hear case against Gatlinburg Detective Rodney Burns

A Gatlinburg detective charged in connection to the Ooltewah rape case will appeal a judge's decision. 

UPDATE: Judge sets trial date for federal lawsuit in Ooltewah rape case
UPDATE: Judge sets trial date for federal lawsuit in Ooltewah rape case

The federal lawsuit claims district administrators and school employees knew a culture of abuse had been taking place for years.

Former Ooltewah High School employees dispute charges in lawsuit
Former Ooltewah High School employees dispute charges in lawsuit

Former employees at  Ooltewah High School say they shouldn't be held responsible for a December 2015 attack by three of the school's basketball players against a teammate.

County school officials say they should not be liable in 2015 Ooltewah rape case
County school officials say they should not be liable in 2015 Ooltewah rape case

Hamilton County school officials argue they shouldn't be held liable for a second federal lawsuit filed in connection with the 2015 Ooltewah assault case.

UPDATE: Charges dropped against Ooltewah HS coach Montgomery
UPDATE: Charges dropped against Ooltewah HS coach Montgomery

Montgomery is the only school official still facing charges from the 2015 rape case.

UPDATE: HCBOE attorney responds to Ootlewah High School rape lawsuit
UPDATE: HCBOE attorney responds to Ootlewah High School rape lawsuit

The Hamilton County District Attorney's Office released the report of its joint investigation with the Sheriff's Office of the rape of four Ooltewah High basketball players.

UPDATE: Judge rules no conflict of interest for DA to prosecute perjury case against Gatlinburg detective
UPDATE: Judge rules no conflict of interest for DA to prosecute perjury case against Gatlinburg detective

Judge Tom Greenholtz ruled that DA Pinkston can prosecute the lead investigator in the Ooltewah rape case for the perjury charges filed against him.

UPDATE: Sevier Co. judge releases order from Ooltewah rape case sentencing
UPDATE: Sevier Co. judge releases order from Ooltewah rape case sentencing

A source familiar with the case told Channel 3 the oldest defendant, now 18 years old, will stay in custody until November 21st. He has not been released from custody since his arrest in December. 

UPDATE: What's next for the Ooltewah assault suspects
UPDATE: What's next for the Ooltewah assault suspects

Since the teenagers were tried in juvenile court their punishment will be much less severe.

UPDATE: Former OHS Asst. Athletic Director completes community service
UPDATE: Former OHS Asst. Athletic Director completes community service

Two former Ooltewah High School administrators will not be returning to Ootlewah High School this fall.

Final report: Ooltewah & HCDE "deficient" in hazing prevention training
Final report: Ooltewah & HCDE "deficient" in hazing prevention training

The external investigation of the Ooltewah High School basketball rape case says the school had "a culture of hazing."

UPDATE: Case against OHS coach Andre Montgomery to head back to court
UPDATE: Case against OHS coach Andre Montgomery to head back to court

A grand jury indicted Andre Dejuan Montgomery on four counts of failure to report child sexual abuse.

Charges dropped against volunteer coach Karl Williams in Ooltewah Assault case
Charges dropped against volunteer coach Karl Williams in Ooltewah Assault case

The Hamilton County District Attorney's office has dismissed the charges against Ooltewah High School volunteer coach Karl Williams.

Mothers of Ooltewah assault victims upset over judge's decision
Mothers of Ooltewah assault victims upset over judge's decision

A Sevier County judge has ruled that one of the Ooltewah High School basketball players charged with the sexual assault and rape of a teammate will be tried as a juvenile.

UPDATE: Gatlinburg detective files claim against Hamilton DA for defamation
UPDATE: Gatlinburg detective files claim against Hamilton DA for defamation

The Gatlinburg detective who investigated the alleged rape of a high school basketball player by several of his teammates alleges he's been defamed by the Hamilton County district attorney general. 

FIRST ON 3: Adults charged in Ooltewah rape case officially booked in Hamilton Co. Jail
FIRST ON 3: Adults charged in Ooltewah rape case officially booked in Hamilton Co. Jail

The three adults charged in the Ooltewah assault case showed up to be booked at the Hamilton County Jail Tuesday.

Community members voice what they want in next superintendent
Community members voice what they want in next superintendent

Community members came together Monday night to discuss the qualities they want in Hamilton County's next superintendent. 

UPDATE: Attorney for Gatlinburg detective responds to perjury allegations; DA fires back
UPDATE: Attorney for Gatlinburg detective responds to perjury allegations; DA fires back

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston said Wednesday his office asked the TBI to investigate Det. Burns for perjury, but did not say specifically what Burns allegedly lied about.

Tennessee Senator files complaint against detective in Ooltewah rape case
Tennessee Senator files complaint against detective in Ooltewah rape case

Senator Todd Gardenhire tells Channel 3 he filed the complaint this week after attending Monday’s hearing in which Detective Rodney Burns testified.

COMMENTARY: Ooltewah Q & A: How’s the victim doing?
COMMENTARY: Ooltewah Q & A: How’s the victim doing?

Months after the December 22 assault, the victim is doing better. He has returned to school, although not at Ooltewah, and has been cleared to play basketball again.

More reaction from local law enforcement on detective's Ooltewah testimony
More reaction from local law enforcement on detective's Ooltewah testimony

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will soon launch an investigation into Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns. This comes at the request of Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston. 

UPDATE: Detective says Ooltewah assault wasn't rape
UPDATE: Detective says Ooltewah assault wasn't rape

Det. Rodney Burns with the Gatlinburg Police Department said the story has been blown out of proportion and called it a kid-on-kid assault. 

Supt. Rick Smith testifies in Ooltewah assault hearing
Supt. Rick Smith testifies in Ooltewah assault hearing

Smith took the stand to testify about what he knew and when. He explained why the administration took a backseat in investigating the assault, saying he did not want to interfere with a criminal investigation.

"If I heard a detective testify like that, and I was a victim, I'd be very hesitant to come forward."
"If I heard a detective testify like that, and I was a victim, I'd be very hesitant to come forward."

Much attention has been brought to the testimony of the Gatlinburg Police detective in charge of investigating the Ooltewah basketball rape case. 

CPD Chief Fletcher criticizes Gatlinburg detective's testimony in Ooltewah rape
CPD Chief Fletcher criticizes Gatlinburg detective's testimony in Ooltewah rape

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher took exception with the statements made by Gatlinburg PD Detective Rodney Burns Monday during the preliminary hearing for the three Ooltewah High school officials.

Lawmaker wants to clarify Tennessee's mandatory reporting law
Lawmaker wants to clarify Tennessee's mandatory reporting law

After Monday's ruling Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw asked state Senator Todd Gardenhire to join other state lawmakers and clarify Tennessee's mandatory reporting law.  

School board members react to Ooltewah assault court hearing
School board members react to Ooltewah assault court hearing

Basketball coach Andre Montgomery, Assistant Coach Karl Williams and Athletic Director Jesse Nayadley each pleaded not guilty to the charge of failing to report child abuse.

Hearing date set for suspects in Ooltewah assault case
Hearing date set for suspects in Ooltewah assault case

The hearing comes nearly three months after the assault that sent a player to the hospital.

Judge on OHS request for dismissal: “This argument utterly fails.”
Judge on OHS request for dismissal: “This argument utterly fails.”

Philyaw says the law does not set out exact procedures for handling a violation of the mandatory reporter law.

UPDATE: 4 Hamilton County school administrators to testify in Ooltewah rape case
UPDATE: 4 Hamilton County school administrators to testify in Ooltewah rape case

Super. Rick Smith, Asst. Super. Dr. Lee McDade, Secondary Operations Dir. Steve Holmes and Ooltewah HS Principal Jim Jarvis have been subpoenaed to testify.

Hamilton Co. School Board start buyout negotiations with Supt. Rick Smith
Hamilton Co. School Board start buyout negotiations with Supt. Rick Smith

An emotional outburst from one Hamilton County school board member as they agreed to enter into exit buyout negotiations with Superintendent Rick Smith. 

UPDATE: Judge denies dismissal of charges against OHS coaches and AD
UPDATE: Judge denies dismissal of charges against OHS coaches and AD

Ooltewah High School’s Athletic Director is asking a judge to dismiss the complaint against him, alleging he failed to report the sexual assault of four freshmen basketball players.

Parents meet for bully forum
Parents meet for bully forum

Parents in Ooltewah met with child advocates Tuesday night for a conversation that was intended to have no boundaries.  For those like Donna Christian-Lowe, the Ooltewah rape case has created shock and a number of questions which is why she came to Tuesday's parent-bully forum.  

Community's confidence in school system dwindles after Ooltewah rape
Community's confidence in school system dwindles after Ooltewah rape

Superintendent Rick Smith's position has come under fire with more than 1,300 signatures now on a petition calling for both him and former basketball coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery to resign.

FIRST ON 3: Emails show when and how Smith responded to Ooltewah rape
FIRST ON 3: Emails show when and how Smith responded to Ooltewah rape

Email records show Hamilton County Superintendent Rick Smith did not inform the school board about the Ooltewah rape until after Channel 3 started asking questions of top officials.In response to a open records request, Smith’s office released all emails he sent, received and deleted the week of the rape.  

How the TN mandatory reporter law applies to educators and coaches
How the TN mandatory reporter law applies to educators and coaches

The Hamilton County District Attorney's office says the three faculty members charged knew about the sexual and physical assault of four freshman players, knew they should report it, and did not.

Hamilton Co. schools introduce "Quick Tip" to report bullying, hazing
Hamilton Co. schools introduce "Quick Tip" to report bullying, hazing

It took eight years. But now, Hamilton County schools meet state law requirements in anonymously reporting abuse. 

UPDATE: Ooltewah coaches, asst. principal charged for not reporting assault of 4 players
UPDATE: Ooltewah coaches, asst. principal charged for not reporting assault of 4 players

Two Ooltewah basketball coaches and the school's Athletics Director have been charged in connection to the Ooltewah rape case, Channel 3 has learned.

Want to speak at the next Hamilton Co. School Board meeting? Here's how
Want to speak at the next Hamilton Co. School Board meeting? Here's how

For those disappointed in the lack of public questions or comments at Wednesday night's special called session of the Hamilton County School Board, the next regularly scheduled meeting is Thursday January 21st at 5:30 p.m. 

UPDATE: 'Special Citizen's Advisory Committee' will help school board on bullying, hazing
UPDATE: 'Special Citizen's Advisory Committee' will help school board on bullying, hazing

A Special Citizen’s Advisory Committee will assist the School Board with a comprehensive review of its policies and procedures concerning Discrimination, Harassment/Hazing, Bullying/Intimidation, Field Trips, Extracurricular Activities and related matters in our public schools.

Ooltewah coach re-assigned to book depository
Ooltewah coach re-assigned to book depository

Ooltewah basketball coach Andre Montgomery has been re-assigned to the Hamilton County Book Depository, a "non-teaching, non-administrative" position, by Superintendent Rick Smith.

New anonymous reporting system for bullying in Hamilton County Schools
New anonymous reporting system for bullying in Hamilton County Schools

The Ooltewah assault case is putting a spotlight on system-wide bullying, hazing and intimidation policies and procedures.

Superintendent, sheriff answer questions on Ooltewah rape case
Superintendent, sheriff answer questions on Ooltewah rape case

Hamilton County Superintendent Rick Smith reflected upon his regrets surrounding how he handled the Ooltewah rape case and took questions the public has had for weeks.  

UPDATE: Ooltewah basketball coach re-assigned after assault
UPDATE: Ooltewah basketball coach re-assigned after assault

Hamilton Co. Schools Superintendent Rick Smith and Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond held a news conference Monday on the Ooltewah assault case.

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