Greeson: Mistakes after Ooltewah nightmare magnify previous hazing indifference

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 2/15/16. Superintendent of Hamilton County Schools Rick Smith is sworn in as a witness before Judge Robert Philyaw during a preliminary hearing for the Ooltewah High School basketball coaches and the school's athletic director in Hamilton County Juvenile Court on February 15, 2016. Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston charged head coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery, assistant coach Karl Williams and Athletic Director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley with failing to report child abuse or suspected child sexual abuse in connection with the rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman by his basketball teammates Dec. 22, 2015.

There were tears and gasps.

Mostly, there was silence after the ruling.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw deliberated for almost an hour before returning to the bench with his decision.

He looked around a courtroom packed with seven television cameras, close to a dozen reporters, four Hamilton County Board of Education members and a state senator.

Philyaw, who made great efforts to give each side leeway in this preliminary hearing, spoke for 10 minutes before revealing his decision that the burden of proof against Ooltewah High School coaches Andre Montgomery and Karl Williams and athletic director Jesse Nayadley was met. The three will face a grand jury, which will decide whether to indict them for failing to notify proper authorities in the hours after a basketball player was allegedly sexually assaulted by three teammates late last year at a tournament outside of Gatlinburg, Tenn.