Civil claims in Ooltewah rape case headed to trial

Federal judge releases sweeping opinion in Ooltewah rape case

U.S. District Judge Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice

Two civil claims made by the 2015 Ooltewah High School rape and sexual assault victims are cleared for trial after a federal judge released a sweeping, 62-page ruling Monday that addressed several outstanding arguments in the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Harry "Sandy" Mattice said a jury can hear two legal arguments that victims "Roe" and "Doe" have raised since 2016, when they filed lawsuits against the Hamilton County Board of Education in connection with the out-of-town trip that left one student in need of emergency surgery on his colon. One is a civil rights violation claim that a "failure to train" resulted in their injuries and the other is a Title IX claim for sexual harassment.