OLTEWAH, Tenn. – The Hamilton County Grand Jury this week indicted Ooltewah High School head basketball coach Andre Montgomery for failing to report the alleged sexual assault of four freshmen basketball players.
Montgomery faces four counts of failure to report child sexual abuse.
The Ooltewah boys varsity basketball team was staying at a Gatlinburg cabin in December when four freshmen players were raped by some of their teammates, according to the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office.
During the alleged rapes, one victim’s bladder ruptured when he was penetrated by a pool stick. He had to be hospitalized for several days.
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Three players were kicked off the team following the incident and are facing charges in Sevier County, where the rapes occurred.
During a March hearing, a juvenile court judge ruled the trial for the oldest suspect, now 18 and the alleged ringleader of the crime, will remain in juvenile court. The judge said that the teen would have a better chance of rehabilitation in the juvenile system.
During that hearing, the victims testified about a long-running hazing culture on the team, where older students initiated freshman members.
The victim’s claimed that inside the cabin they were held down by two teammates, while the third, the 18-year-old, prodded them from behind with a pool cue.
Last week, the Ooltewah High School Athletic Director was sentenced to community service and a class for failing to report the incident. The deal came as part of a pre-trial diversion plan for Allard “Jesse” Nayadley.
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Failure to report child sexual abuse is a class A misdemeanor and carries a sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days behind bars, according to the DA’s office.