Bond approved for two juveniles charged in Ooltewah teammate rape case

Bond approved for two juveniles charged in Ooltewah teammate rape case

January 15th, 2016 by Kendi A. Rainwater in Local Regional News

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. — Sevier County Juvenile Court records show that a bond of $5,000 has been approved for the two 16-year-old former Ooltewah High School basketball players charged with raping a freshman teammate on Dec. 22.

The 17-year-old also charged in this case has not submitted a motion for bond with court.

All three boys are charged in Sevier County with aggravated rape and aggravated assault of a 15-year-old teammate with a pool cue during the team's basketball trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., according to court documents.

Court officials said the boys are also charged with one count of simple assault against another freshman on the team.

Records show that the boys each appeared in Sevier County Juvenile Court on Dec. 30 before Judge Dwight Stokes.

Court documents, signed by Stokes today, say that in the Dec. 30 hearing all three boys were given the opportunity to file a motion for bond and given the same bond conditions.

If bond is granted, court records say each boy must:

Ooltewah head coach Tank Montgomery yells instructions to his team. The season has since been cancelled, and Montgomery is one of three adults charged with violating the Tennessee law that requires mandatory reporting of child abuse or suspected child sexual abuse.

Ooltewah head coach Tank Montgomery yells instructions to...

Photo by Robin Rudd /Times Free Press.

* Be placed on house arrest and supervised at all times

* Have no contact with the victims, the victims families and property, or with their codefendants

* Restricted from all social media

* Limited to talking about the case with anyone beside their legal counsel

* Restricted from attending the same school as the victims

According to court officials, one of the 16-year-olds posted the $5,000 bond shortly after this hearing on Dec. 30 where his attorney Joseph Fanduzz was present.

Records show that the other 16-year-old filed a motion with his attorney Samantha McCammon requesting bond on Jan 11, as she was not in court on Dec. 30.

Court officials could not confirm if his bond has been posted. 

Officials with Hamilton County Juvenile Court said they have not been contacted about supervising either of these juveniles if they are serving house arrest in Hamilton County.

According to the documents signed by Stokes, none of the boys have a previous record, and each of the defendants and their families have been cooperative with Detective Rodney Burns with the Gatlinburg Police Department.

Documents also say that all three boys are not permitted to return to the same school as any of the victims in this case, and "any school placement is to be determined by the school system as deemed appropriate."

Thursday, Hamilton County District Attorney's office said all four freshman on the team's trip were assaulted with pool cues and "subjected to apparent sexual assault."

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston filed charges againstOoltewah's head coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery, assistant coach Karl Williams and Athletic Director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley for failing to report child abuse or suspected child sexual abuse in connection with this case.

Authorities in Gatlinburg were informed of the assault from the hospital, where one of the boys was taken on the Dec. 22, and not by any of the coaches or employee of the Hamilton County Department of Education.

Hamilton County schools superintendent placed all three of these men on an unpaid suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.  All three men are scheduled to appear in Hamilton County Juvenile Court Thursday.

See Saturday's Times Free Press for the full story.

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Contact staff writer Kendi Anderson at kendi.anderson@timesfreepress.com or423-757-6592. Follow on twitter @kendi_and.


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