Ooltewah athletic director could return to job after deal

Ooltewah Athletic Director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley, right, talks with his attorney Lee Davis after Nayadley appeared in Judge Tom Greenholtz's courtroom to take a pre-trial diversion of his charge of failure to report child abuse Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The pre-trial diversion allows the charge, which came after the December 2015 sexual assault of a basketball player by teammates, to be dismissed after 180 days if Nayadley meets certain conditions.

Ooltewah High School's suspended athletic director could return to his job under an agreement reached Wednesday in Hamilton County Criminal Court.

District Attorney Neal Pinkston had charged Allard "Jesse" Nayadley and two other basketball coaches at Ooltewah High with failing to report child sexual abuse or suspected child sexual abuse in connection with the rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman, allegedly by three of his teammates, just days before Christmas.

But standing in Judge Tom Greenholtz's courtroom Wednesday morning, Pinkston offered Nayadley pretrial diversion, meaning the charges against him will not be presented to a grand jury and his case will be dismissed in 180 days if he completes 10 hours of community service, attends a class on mandatory reporting of abuse and is well-behaved.

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