All three defendants in Ooltewah rape case found guilty, two receive reduced charges

The exterior of Ooltewah High School

Three former Ooltewah High School basketball players were found guilty in a case in which prosecutors say they raped one of their teammates with a pool cue.

However, only one, who turned 18 after being charged, was found guilty of aggravated rape.

The other two, who were 16 at the time, were convicted of aggravated assault, according to a witness inside the courtroom.

The judge initially refused to disclose the verdict or to allow reporters to cover the trial, claiming that it could harm the now-guilty defendants, who were juveniles at the time of their arrest.

A report made public this month found that a culture of bullying and hazing existed on the Ooltewah High School boy's basketball team for months, maybe even years, before the pool-cue rape of a freshman player by three of his teammates.

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