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Coaches, A.D. charged in Tennessee assault case

January 14, 2016 / Athletic Administration
Two coaches and the athletic director at Ooltewah High School (Tenn.) are facing charges related to a hazing scandal that landed a freshman basketball player in the hospital.

Ooltewah High School (Tenn.)
Ooltewah High School (Tenn.)

The head basketball coach, assistant coach and athletic administrator are accused of failing to report sexual child abuse for four victims who are members of the basketball team. Last month, three players were kicked off the team for allegedly assaulting a teammate with a pool cue. Today, investigators claimed they had found documents showing some of the school’s top officials failed to report earlier abuse of three other basketball players, who were reportedly similarly assaulted with a pool cue.

WRCB-TV in Chattanooga reported that the district attorney is looking into “an ingrained culture of violence among the football and basketball teams.” Authorities plan to interview former student-athletes and could hand down additional charges if new cases are discovered.

Tennessee state law requires that any suspected child sexual abuse be reported to the Department of Children’s Services.

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