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UPDATE: Teen accused of raping jogger in court to be tried as adult

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A CPD detective testifies Thursday in 69-year-old jogger allegedly raped by a teen. WRCBtv.com photo A CPD detective testifies Thursday in 69-year-old jogger allegedly raped by a teen. WRCBtv.com photo
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UPDATE: Hamilton County Juvenile Justice officials say 17 year old Diontae Smartt's case has been transferred and he will be tried as an adult in Hamilton County.   

He's charged with aggravated rape.  

The accuser claims the Red Bank High School student offered to perform a sex act.  

When he refused, that's when Smartt allegedly punched him, knocked him down and sexually assaulted him.


PREVIOUS STORY: Judge Philyaw has ordered a psychological exam for the teen suspect, deeming the victim's testimony credible in the case.

The 17-year-old juvenile suspect in the alleged September 2014 rape of a 69-year-old male jogger on Chattanooga's North Shore appeared in court Thursday afternoon for a transfer hearing.

The result of the transfer hearing will determine of the teen is tried as an adult or a juvenile.

The suspect is facing a charge of felony aggravated rape.

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On the stand, the victim, who described himself as a retired U.S. Marine, identified the accused teen as the person who raped him.

While testifying, the victim also stated that the accused told him “Have a sweet day,” after the alleged early morning sexual assault.

Judge Philyaw, the juvenile judge hearing the case, is expected to decide today if the teenager will stay in juvenile court or if he'll be tried as an adult.


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