CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) A judge has denied motions to dismiss charges against three Tennessee high school officials facing allegations that they failed to report the sexual abuse of school basketball players by teammates.
Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Robert Philyaw denied the motions Thursday after hearing arguments from lawyers representing Ooltewah High basketball coach Andre Montgomery, assistant coach Karl Williams and athletic director Allard Nayadley.
A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 15.
The Hamilton County District Attorney's Office filed an affidavit last week saying four basketball players were ''subjected to apparent sexual assault'' at a Gatlinburg cabin. Gatlinburg Police have charged three Ooltewah players with the Dec. 22 aggravated rape of one player but haven't announced any other charges.
Hamilton County school officials have suspended the three officials without pay.