Detective Rodney Burns of the Gatlinburg Police Department 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 Monday.
An attorney for a Gatlinburg, Tenn., police detective calls allegations that the officer may have spoken untruthfully during a hearing in the Ooltewah basketball rape case "base" and "reckless."
Attorney Bryan E. Delius, in a news release, said Detective Rodney Burns, a 25-year veteran with the Gatlinburg department, "wholly denies" any wrongdoing.
However, Melydia Clewell, spokeswoman for District Attorney General Neal Pinkston, released this statement in response to Delius' letter:
"General Pinkston believes Detective Burns perjured himself in Hamilton County Juvenile Court on Monday, February 15.