Former Ooltewah officials file suit over basketball rape case
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The former coach, athletic director and principal at Ooltewah are trying to reclaim their reputations in court.
Andre “Tank” Montgomery, Jesse Nayadley and Jim Jarvis filed a federal lawsuit against just about everyone.
The defendants are Hamilton County, the school system, Tennessee’s DCS, the District Attorney’s Office, plus former school superintendent Rick Smith and D.A. Neal Pinkston.
The suit claims their reputations were maligned by the school system’s handling of the basketball team rape case.
Specifically, “Rick Smith negligently withheld true and accurate, as well as pertinent facts from a tribunal and from HCDE, his employer and took adverse employment action as to Plaintiffs.”
The suit also targets District Attorney General Neal Pinkston for prosecuting them.
“Pinkston interjected his office into an investigation which arose out of Sevierville, Tennessee and not Hamilton County, Tennessee. Pinkston presented misleading facts to tribunals, and published misleading facts to the public and the media.”
“Pinkston, acting outside the scope of his office and employment, engages in selective prosecution under Tennessee Law.”
“Pinkston chose not to prosecute Rick Smith even though Smith intentionally withheld true, accurate, as well as pertinent facts.”
Each plaintiff is asking for a couple of million dollars for mental and emotional harm, pain and suffering and physical injury.