Lawmakers consider strengthening child abuse reporting laws as coach’s charges’ dismissed
Nearly a year after the pool-cue rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman, charges have been dismissed against the school’s former basketball coach, Andre “Tank” Montgomery.
Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole dismissed four charges of failure to report child sexual abuse, saying that under state law, the coach was not required to report the rape to authorities.
Poole reminded people in the courtroom he must make decisions based on the law. In this case, he interpreted state law to mean that adults have a legal obligation to report sexual abuse of a child aged 13 to 17 only if it is committed by a member of the child’s household.
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