Hamilton County District Attorney drops charges against Ooltewah High School assistant basketball coach

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 2/15/16. Defendants appear before Judge Robert Philyaw during a preliminary hearing for the Ooltewah High School basketball coaches and the school's athletic director in Hamilton County Juvenile Court on February 15, 2016. Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston charged head coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery, assistant coach Karl Williams and Athletic Director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley with failing to report child abuse or suspected child sexual abuse in connection with the rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman by his basketball teammates Dec. 22, 2015.
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Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston has dropped the charge of failing to report child sexual abuse against Karl Williams, a volunteer-assistant basketball coach at Ooltewah High School.

Williams was charged in connection with the alleged rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman by three of his teammates during the team's trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., just days before Christmas.

The order of dismissal was filed in Hamilton County Criminal Court today, and says the charges are dismissed against Williams because he "was not provided any training regarding the mandatory reporting law."

Williams' attorney, Johnny Houston, did not immediately return request for comment Wednesday morning.

Williams was charged in January along with the Ooltewah High School's head basetball coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery and the school's Athletic Director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley for failing to report child sexual abuse or suspected child sexual abuse.