Accused Ooltewah rapist will be tried as a juvenile

The exterior of Ooltewah High School photographed.

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. -- The Ooltewah High School senior charged with raping his 15-year-old basketball teammate will remain in juvenile court.

Sevier County Juvenile Court Judge Dwight Stokes decided Tuesday morning not to transfer the 18-year-old to adult court to face charges of aggravated rape and aggravated assault.

The 18-year-old was charged in juvenile court because he was 17 at the time he allegedly raped his teammate with a pool cue, rupturing his bladder and tearing his rectum, which required emergency surgery to repair, according to court records.

The 18-year-old's case remains in juvenile court and he will not be named by the Times Free Press.

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston said there is an enormous difference in the potential sentencing for a teenager transferred to adult court.