Ooltewah High School officials' attempt to get charges dismissed fails, judge denies motion

Adult suspects in Ooltewah rape case make first appearance in court

Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw denied motions to dismiss the charges against Ooltewah High School's head coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery, assistant coach Karl Williams, and Athletic Director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley this morning.

The three men appeared in court along with their attorneys, after being charged last week by Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston for failing to report abuse during the basketball team's trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., just before Christmas.

Philyaw said the statutes regarding mandatory reporting of abuse are not clearly written and need to be updated, and due to the confusion between statutes he decided to schedule a preliminary hearing for the three men on Feb. 15.

Court documents say four freshman players were assaulted with pool cues and "subjected to apparent sexual assault," and one boy was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery during the team's trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn.,