Hamilton County Board of Education attorneys move for separate trials in Ooltewah rape civil lawsuits

The exterior of Ooltewah High School photographed on Sunday, January 31, 2016. (Staff file photo by Maura Friedman)

Hamilton County Board of Education attorneys want to separate the upcoming civil trials of two former Ooltewah High School students who were attacked in Gatlinburg, Tenn., in 2015 because they suffered different injuries.

At the same time, the students' attorneys hope to ask school board members on the witness stand why their lawyers continue to deny a hired investigator's finding that three students experienced sexual harassment on that trip.

"Richard Roe was the victim of an assault that did not result in any physical injuries," Chuck Purcell, an attorney for the school board, wrote in a motion Wednesday. "However, John Doe was the victim of rape, and he was hospitalized for six days due to traumatic injuries to his rectum and bladder.