Hearing held in Tennessee high school basketball rape case
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Three Tennessee high school basketball players are in juvenile court to face charges that they raped a freshman teammate in an apparent hazing incident.
The Sevier County Juvenile Court clerk's office confirmed a hearing for the Ooltewah High School players was scheduled for Tuesday. Although the hearing was closed to the media, witnesses were seen walking in and out of the courtroom throughout the day.
Sevier County Juvenile Court Judge Jeffrey Rader ruled Tuesday that the hearing would be closed ''except to those persons having a direct interest in the case.''
The three defendants face aggravated rape charges. Gatlinburg police say the three Ooltewah players assaulted a freshman Dec. 22. Police say the boy required emergency surgery after older teammates held him down and assaulted him with a pool cue.