Ooltewah Basketball Coach indicted by Grand Jury

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Basketball coach Andre “Tank” Montgomery is now facing 4 counts of failing to report child sexual abuse.

The Hamilton County Grand Jury returned the indictment…the latest event in a string of legal maneuvers following the attack on four freshmen during a basketball tournament in Gatlinburg last December.

One 15 year old player was seriously injured when he was sodomized with a pool cue.

Failture to report a child sexual attack is a Class A misdemeanor, and not a felony..but it carries a sentence of up to 11 months, 29 days in jail if convicted.

The district attorney’s office says it cannot release any other information about the indictment of Montgomery because of the pending charges.

In a statement released by the office of Neal Pinkston, it indicates he has asked the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office to also refrain from public comment.

Montogmery and assistant coach Karl Wiliams were with the team when the attacks occured at a lodge where they were staying.

Williams’s case was also bound over to the grand jury by Juvenile Judge Rob Philyaw last February , but he was not mentioned in the news release from the District attorney’s office.

Last week, Ooltewah High athletic director Jessee Nayadley took a pre-trial diversion agreement offered by the D.A.

“The prosecution suspended for 90 days, he has communbity service to do and he also has training about the Tennessee mandatory reporting law,” said District Attorney General Neal Pinkston.

The charges against Nayadley can be dismissed and his record cleared after 180 days.

A source in the D.A’s office say Montgomery was offered the same deal as Nayadley, but turned it down.

Categories: Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Local News, Ooltewah

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