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'Failure to properly report' charges dropped against Ooltewah High assistant coach

Karl Williams during an earlier court appearance. (Image: WTVC)

UPDATE: Johnny Houston, attorney for Karl Williams, tells NewsChannel9 "All I can say is that Karl [ Williams] is happy that he has finally been exonerated. He is a humble, decent and kind person. We are appreciative that General Pinkston took a closer look at the case and after additional investigation, decided to drop the charges. Karl is relieved to have this behind him and return to his normal life which includes coaching basketball."

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NewsChannel 9 has learned that charges have been dropped against Karl Williams, the assistant basketball coach at Ooltewah High School. Williams was charged with failing to properly report an incident involving the rape of four freshman Ooltewah High School basketball players with a pool cue at a cabin in Gatlinburg back in December. Three older students face charges in the case.

A court order obtained by NewsChannel 9 from the Hamilton County Grand Jury explains that the charges have been dropped because as a volunteer coach, Williams did not receive the proper training on how to handle such matters.

The case also involved two other adults who were in charge of the team while they were playing in the Smoky Mountain Christmas Tournament in Gatlinburg the week before Christmas.

Ooltewah High School Head Coach Andre Montgomery was indicted last week. He was suspended from coaching duties following the charges.

Athletic Director Jesse Nayadley worked out a plea deal in the case two weeks ago.

Williams' attorney Johnny Houston tells NewsChannel 9, "Karl is happy that he has finally been exonerated. He is a humble, decent and kind person. We are appreciative that General Pinkston took a closer look at the case and after additional investigation, decided to drop the charges. Karl is relieved to have this behind him and return to his normal life which includes coaching basketball."

Depend on NewsChannel 9 to bring you updates on this developing story as we get them.

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