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Rape or kids' hazing? Pool cue assault divides law agencies

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CHATTANOOGA (AP) - A Chattanooga prosecutor was outraged when police said three members of a high school basketball team shoved a pool cue into a freshman's rectum, causing injuries that required emergency surgery.

But a police detective three hours away in the resort town of Gatlinburg, where the boy was injured, testified the case was overblown in the media. He called it a "stupid" kids' misdeed and said it only "happened" to fit the definition of rape.

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The jarring disconnect between views of the attack has ignited an unusual public dispute between law enforcement in the two cities.

The public display of angry disagreement is a rare instance of a conflict between law enforcement agencies breaking out into the open. Experts say officials ordinarily try to work out their differences behind closed doors.

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