Settlement To 2nd Ooltewah High Rape Victim Was $60,000

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

County School officials said Tuesday that the settlement to a second victim in the Ooltewah High rape case was $60,000.

 

It was revealed earlier that the payment to the family of an Ooltewah High basketball player who was seriously injured during the incident was $750,000.

 

County School officials said, "The settlement information in the second Ooltewah case involving plaintiff "Roe" was unsealed recently by Circuit Judge Marie Williams.  The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office filed a motion to lift the seal on the amount the Tennessee Risk Management Trust paid to settle the case. 

 

"The case, which took place in 2015, involves a very difficult time for everyone involved in the incident, Hamilton County Schools, and the entire community.  The Hamilton County Board of Education and every individual in Hamilton County Schools are committed to the safety and well-being of all the students in our schools, and we work each day with that in mind. 

 

"The board and the public have an interest in knowing how the claim was resolved, so the district welcomes the decision by Judge Williams to lift the seal regarding the settlement."

 

The County Schools initially resisted revealing either of the settlements.

 

In the incident, older players on the team inserted a pool cue into the rectum of one or more younger players while the team was at a Christmas tournament at Gatlinburg.

The team was staying at a cabin.

 

The families of two of the players filed suit in Federal Court. The cases were eventually settled out of court.

 

The schools provided additional details:

 

·         Tennessee, Risk Management Trust, is the liability and property insurance provider for the district and was in charge of the case, the hiring of Attorney Chuck Purcell, any settlement reached, and payment of the settlement. 

·         The funds to pay the settlement did not come from Hamilton County Schools but were paid by Tennessee Risk Management Trust

·         The board and district did not participate in determining a settlement amount or have access to the settlement amount until the information was unsealed by the court to allow the settlement to be made public. 


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