Subpoenas coming for officials in high school rape case

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. —  Subpoenas are being issued to a superintendent and principal to testify in a hearing for three officials at a Tennessee high school facing charges of failing to report child sex abuse involving basketball players.

Melydia Clewell, a spokesperson for the Hamilton County District Attorney’s office, confirmed Monday subpoenas would go out to Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith, assistant superintendent Lee McDade, secondary operations director Steve Holmes and Ooltewah High principal Jim Jarvis.

A February 15 hearing is scheduled for Ooltewah basketball coach Andre Montgomery, assistant coach Karl Williams and athletic director Allard Nayardley, who face charges of failing to report child sex abuse.

They are suspended without pay.

Three juvenile players have been charged with sexual assault of a teammate.

All of them were kicked off the team after the incident.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press first reported the subpoenas.

WREG reported three teens face aggravated rape and aggravated assault charges in connection with injuries to a teammate, who underwent surgery after being assaulted while attending a basketball tournament.

Tennessee law defines aggravated rape as a rape in which the defendant either has a weapon, causes bodily injury or is aided or abetted by another.

None of the teens has been named because they’re all juveniles.