One Ooltewah rape case suspect may be tried as an adult

Ooltewah High School is photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, near Chattanooga, Tenn.

Officials with Sevier County Juvenile Court said a transfer hearing will be held March 15 to determine if one of the individuals charged in connection with the rape of an Ooltewah High School 15-year-old will be transferred to adult court.

Three former Ooltewah High School basketball players, two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old are charged in Sevier County with aggravated rape and aggravated assault of a 15-year-old teammate on Dec. 22.

According to sources involved in the investigation, the 17-year-old has turned 18 since the alleged crime was committed.

Sevier County Juvenile Court records say the then 17-year-old penetrated the victim with a pool cue, while the two 16-year-olds held him down.

Records previously obtained by the Times Free press show that the two 16-year-olds were approved for $5,000 bonds.

Court records say that none of the boys have a previous record and their families have been cooperative through the process.

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