3 high school basketball players charged with rape, assault


Three basketball players from Ooltewah High School in Tennessee were charged with aggravated rape and assault stemming from the hazing of a teammate, according to a report.

The incident allegedly occurred December 22 at a rental cabin and came to light when a basketball coach brought a player to LeConte Medical Center, where officials notified the police.

Details have been slow to emerge in the case, but a family member of the victim told the Chattanoogan that the 15-year-old boy "was tortured by three of his teammates" when they violated him in an apparent hazing incident.

A pool cue was forced inside his rectum, puncturing his colon, and the tip of the cue broke off in his bladder, multiple sources told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The three accused players have been kicked off the team, and were served with juvenile petitions for the aggravated rape and aggravated assault charges against them on Monday.

The victim was sent to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where he underwent surgery due to his extensive injuries, the statement said.

The newspaper cites Ooltewah High Schools athletic director Jesse Nayadley, who has a freshman son on the team, as saying at least three chaperones were on the trip, including head coach Andrew Montgomery, his wife and an assistant coach.

She said the oldest charged was 17. Their names weren't released.

The unidentified family member also said that the victim "was not given a proper exam and collapsed the following day".

The relative said the victim "is expected to recover within 2-3 months".