Second student in 2015 Ooltewah High School rape settles federal case

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.

A second 2015 Ooltewah High School sex assault victim has settled a civil case with the Hamilton County Department of Education. But, much like a settlement from earlier this year, the terms are confidential.

Instead of going to trial in Chattanooga's U.S. District Court in January, department attorneys agreed to a "minor settlement" with the student, who is referred to as "Richard Roe" in court documents. That settlement is sealed, but court records show a state judge approved it Tuesday.

"John Doe" and "Richard Roe" are two of the four then-minors who say older classmates attacked them with pool cues during a December 2015 trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, for a basketball tournament. On the night in question, with coaches either gone or not watching, Doe's classmates held him down and penetrated his rectum with a pool cue.