Perjury charges against detective in rape case dismissed

BY AP • November 28, 2017

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Due to a technicality, a judge has dismissed perjury charges against a Tennessee detective accused of lying under oath about a rape case involving high school basketball players.

Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz said the juvenile court where the detective's testimony occurred didn't have legal authority to hold a preliminary hearing.

Gatlinburg detective Rodney Burns had faced two counts of aggravated perjury based on testimony about a freshman Ooltewah (OOL'-teh-wah) High School basketball player who prosecutors said was sexually assaulted by teammates. Burns faced two counts of aggravated perjury in Hamilton County because prosecutors said he made ''untruthful statements'' during a February 2016 hearing in which he said the assault had been blown out of proportion.

Burns' attorney applauded the dismissal in a statement and maintained that the detective hadn't committed perjury.