Judge sets trial date for detective charged with perjury in Ooltewah High School rape case

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 8/23/16. Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns speaks to his attorney Bryan Delius before appearing in Judge Tom Greenholtz's criminal courtroom on charges of perjury following his testimony in the Ooltewah High School rape case earlier this year.

The Gatlinburg, Tenn., police detective charged with making false statements during a hearing in the Ooltewah rape case is heading to trial in March, unless a judge agrees to dismiss the case first.

Judge Tom Greenholtz asked Thursday for two more weeks to rule on Rodney Burns' motion to dismiss and set a jury trial date in the meantime for March 20. Greenholtz also asked attorneys to file any other motions in the case by Feb. 12.

Burns faces two counts of aggravated perjury, a Class D felony that carries two to four years in prison, for making false statements during a Juvenile Court hearing in February 2016 for the three former Ooltewah High School employees charged with failure to report child sexual abuse in 2015.