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Coaches, A.D. At Tennessee HS Charged For Not Reporting Sexual Assault In Hazing Incident

Criminal charges have been brought against the basketball coach, assistant coach, and athletic director at the Tennessee high school where three boys basketball players are accused of attacking and sodomizing a teammate with a pool cue.

Criminal summonses were issued today for Ooltewah High School assistant principal/athletic director Allard J. Nayadley, boys basketball coach Andre Montgomery, and assistant coach Karl Williams. All three are charged with failure to report child sexual abuse, which District Attorney General Neal Pinkston said state law required them to do.

As part of the charges, two investigators submitted signed affidavits about what happened. They don’t provide many new details but do reaffirm much of what’s been reported so far about what happened inside a Gatlinburg cabin, which the boys were staying in for a December basketball tournament.

During the team’s stay in Gatlinburg, four freshmen basketball players were subjected to assaultive behavior including but not limited to being struck with pool cues and also these four freshmen basketball players were subjected to apparent sexual assault. One player required emergency surgery due to the injuries he received while staying at the cabin.

Nayadley, Montgomery, and Williams were “made aware of these allegations,” the affidavits say, but “did not notify the Department of Children’s Services or Sheriff of the County where the children reside or the Chief of Police of the municipality where the children reside or the Juvenile Court Judge having jurisdiction over the children.”

Three basketball players from the team are awaiting trial on charges of aggravated rape and assault.


The full affidavits are below.

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