Ooltewah Athletic Director Accepts a Deal From the D. A.’s Office

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – One of the three Ooltewah High School staff members accused of failing to report child sexual abuse, has agreed to a pre-trial diversion.

It’s a story we first told you about last December.

Ooltewah High School athletic director and assistant principal Jesse Nayadley is one of three staff members accused of failing to report a pattern of child assault in the sports programs.

Head basketball coach Andre “Tank” Montgomery and assistant coach Karl Williams are the other two.

They all faced charges to be presented to the grand jury.

But, Nayadley agreed to a deal offered by district attorney general Neal Pinkston.

NEAL PINKSTON, HAMILTON CO. DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL “His case was pending before a Hamilton county grand jury. And he agreed to proceed by information which bypasses the grand jury and he entered a memorandum of understanding.”

Pinkston says he has been discussing the options with Nayadley’s attorney, Lee Davis for several days.

They took it before Criminal court judge Tom Greenholtz who approved the diversion.

Here’s what that means.

NEAL PINKSTON “The prosecution is suspended for 90 days, he has community service to do and also has training about Tennessee’s mandatory reporting law. And if he abides by those, all those conditions, a judge in the future could dismiss his case.”

You may recall that the Ooltewah basketball team was playing at a tournament Christmas week in Gatlinburg, when a young member of the team was assaulted with a pool cue at a lodge where they were staying.

Nayadley and two coaches were charged with not promptly reporting the assault.

We asked the district attorney how agreement with Nayadley may affect the other two men.

NEAL PINKSTON “All cases are looked at differently and so we’re just focusing on –today’s the only one we were concerned with. Wouldn’t necessarily be a hostile witness? Not necessarily.”

A representative of the D.A.’S office tells News 12 that the plea deal was offered to the other two coaches, but was rejected.

A grand jury is scheduled to hear the case against against Montgomery and Williams next week..

According to the wording of the pretrial diversion, Nayadley admits no wrongdoing.

The three basketball players who reportedly attacked the victim face assault charges.

Categories: Crime, Hamilton County, Local News, Ooltewah

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