Federal judge dismisses 4 lawsuits related to handling of 2015 Ooltewah rape case
A federal judge Tuesday dismissed the lawsuits filed on behalf of former Ooltewah High School principal James Jarvis, former athletic director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley and former coach Andre Montgomery against the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office and others in the handling of the Ooltewah High basketball players rape case in 2015.
Three other, related federal lawsuits were also dismissed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher Steger, by the same school administrators.
Those were filed against:
- Tennessee Department of Children's Services
- Hamilton County Department of Education and then-Superintendent Rick Smith
- Hamilton County District Attorney General Pinkston
The motions were dismissed 'with prejudice' in the federal cases, but 'without prejudice' at the state level, leaving the door open for additional lawsuits under Tennessee state law.
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