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UPDATE: HCBOE attorney responds to Ootlewah High School rape lawsuit

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UPDATE: The attorney for the Hamilton County Board of Education has responded to a lawsuit filed by a victim in the Ootlewah High School rape case.

The male victim filed the lawsuit in September.

HCBOE's attorney released a 22-page response on Friday, asking that the lawsuit be dismissed.


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

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston says the section of the report that contains the information his office uncovered regarding the December 2015 rapes of four freshmen players will not address the actual crimes committed in Gatlinburg, because they were not prosecuted by his office.

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However, Pinkston did release some of the complaints sent to his office regarding the Hamilton County Department of Education.

He says the constant stream of complaints is what delayed the release of this report.

Interim superintendent Dr. Kirk Kelly issued the following statement regarding the D.A.'s report:

"As Superintendent my top priority is ensuring the safety of all 43,000 students in our Hamilton County public schools.

Late this afternoon, District Attorney Neil Pinkston released a report detailing his findings about the incident that occurred last December. We are in the process of reviewing this report and will determine additional steps as we continue to improve our district.

We have already made significant changes in our district over the past six months including new and stricter policies, stronger training for our employees about abuse reporting, and a more comprehensive approach to crisis management and communications. However, the report may provide us an additional opportunity to enhance our practices, provide better support and safety for all students moving forward.

While this has been a difficult time for many, I believe we will be better positioned in the future by having taken the right training path, creating greater awareness of appropriate behavior and encouraging the sharing of timely information."

Here's the entire report from General Pinkston's office:

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