East Ridge Police Say No Rape Actually Occurred At East Ridge Middle School; Say Girl, 13, Was Lying

Monday, May 14, 2012

East Ridge criminal investigators said Monday they have determined that a 13-year-old East Ridge Middle School female student who claimed she was raped in a school restroom during school was lying.

"A rape did not occur at East Ridge Middle School and a stranger was not involved," police said.

 Investigators are working to find exactly what may have occurred at another location away from school. The investigation is ongoing.

After the girl reported the alleged rape, she was taken to the Rape Crisis Center for further evaluation.

The victim described her alleged assailant as a light-skinned black male, approximately 15 years of age, with low cut hair.  She claimed he was wearing a dark blue shirt and blue jeans. Child Protective Services was also notified of the incident.

Meanwhile, East Ridge Police said they are investigating an alleged sexual assault that reportedly occurred at East Ridge Elementary School on March 30. An 11-year-old autistic child told his parents that he was sexually assaulted by two other 10- or 11-year-old children in the restroom while at school. 

East Ridge criminal investigators notified Child Protective Services and a joint investigation is being conducted with the Child Protective Investigation Team (CPIT). 



Travis Caslin, 42, Shot While Walking Along South Willow Street

Chattanooga Police said a man was shot on Friday night while walking along South Willow Street.   The victim was identified as Travis Caslin, 42.   At 7:37 p.m., Chattanooga Police officers were called to a local hospital after a person showed up with a gunshot wound.   Police were informed that the victim's condition was non-life threatening. ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AILEY, SLATON R  1130 DARTMOUTH ST CHATTANOOGA, 37405  Age at Arrest: 27 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE --- ANDERSON, EDWARD ANTONIO  2507 CURTIS ST CHATTANOOGA, 37406  Age at Arrest: 25 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DOMESTIC ASSAULT ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Bill Pennington, a sports writer for the New York Times, was lamenting the “huddle” is slowly disappearing in football due to the faster pace of the game and, during his search for more information, he called former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann. Bill wrote that Joe couldn’t stop laughing about the funny things that would happen between plays. Joe told this story: ... (click for more)

Mocs Fall 20-14 To Visiting Citadel

The Chattanooga Mocs fell just short in a 20-14 heart-breaker against The Citadel. It was a hard-fought game that went the full 60 minutes.   The Mocs defense stiffened and gave their offensive teammates a shot late in the fourth quarter. The Citadel marched 41 yards, churning out 5-plus minutes of game clock. Tae Davis dropped Grant Drakeford for a 3-yard loss at the Mocs ... (click for more)

Top-Ranked Alabama Smashes Tennessee 45-7

(Story will be updated) Tennessee, a 34-point underdog in one of college football’s better long-running series, stayed close for one quarter before top-ranked Alabama switched to another gear and pummeled the struggling Vols 45-7 Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The rock-ribbed Crimson Tide defense locked down Tennessee’s ground game, hounded quarterback ... (click for more)