Ooltewah rape victim testifies as judge weighs fate of the accused

The exterior of Ooltewah High School photographed on Sunday, January 31, 2016. (Staff photo by Maura Friedman)

SEVIER COUNTY - Three juvenile victims of sexual assault, including one whose injuries sent him to the hospital, testified against their older ex-basketball teammate as Sevier County Juvenile Court Judge Dwight Stokes weighed whether to charge the former Ooltewah Owls senior as an adult or keep the case in juvenile court.

Assistant District Attorney Rolfe Straussfogel called the rape of the boy, which occurred in a cabin during the basketball team's trip to Gatlinburg, an "aggressive premeditated attack that resulted in horrific injuries."

The prime victim in the case, who will not be named because he is a juvenile victim of sexual assault, testified that things did not get bad for him or the other freshman on the team until the defendant joined the basketball team from the football team a couple weeks into the season.