School board meets behind closed doors, citing expected lawsuits over Ooltewah rape

The Hamilton County Board of Education is meeting behind closed doors tonight to discuss the threat of pending litigation with its attorney.

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston briefed the board on the ongoing criminal investigation into the alleged rape and assault of an Ooltewah High School freshman, and the assault of at least three other members of the basketball team.

Each of the nine school board members was present, but Superintendent Rick Smith was not.

Three juveniles are charged in Sevier County, Tenn., with aggravated rape and aggravated assault of a 15-year-old teammate during the team's trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., days before Christmas.

Pinkston filed charges Thursday against Ooltewah's head coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery, assistant coach Karl Williams and Ooltewah High Athletic Director Allard "Jesse" Nayedley for failing to report child abuse or suspected child sexual abuse in connection with this case and the assault of three other players on the team.