Gatlinburg Police Chief Randall Brackins guaranteed the public today the police department and city are taking allegations against a detective seriously.
The city and the Gatlinburg Police Department released a statement today saying they "take this matter very seriously," after Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston requested the TBI investigate whether a Gatlinburg Detective perjured himself during a hearing in the Ooltewah basketball rape case.
Detective Rodney Burns
testified in a Juvenile Court hearing on Monday saying the sexual assault of a 15-year-old freshman, in which a pool cue was inserted into the boy's rectum, puncturing his colon, prostate and bladder, wasn't rape because the assailants didn't receive sexual gratification.
Pinkston asked TBI to begin a probe, saying Burns' statements contradicted what he originally wrote in incident reports.