Gatlinburg detective, Ooltewah coach enter not guilty pleas

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – An attorney for the Gatlinburg detective charged with perjury for his testimony in the Ooltewah High School basketball player rape case says Det. Rodney Burns has entered a not guilty plea.

The charges against Burns stem from testimony he gave about assaults by basketball players on their younger teammates while they were playing a tournament in Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg police have charged the older players with one count of rape. But Hamilton County Prosecutor Neal Pinkston has said four players were sexually assaulted.

Burns’ attorney Bryce McKenzie says in an email he is confident the charges will ultimately be dismissed.

Basketball coach Andre Montgomery is charged with four counts of failing to report the abuse. He also pleaded not guilty. Both pleas came in Hamilton County Criminal Court on Friday.