Saturday, December 17, 2016 12:45 AM

LAWMAKERS CONSIDER STRENGTHENING CHILD ABUSE REPORTING LAWS AS OOLTEWAH COACH HAS CHARGES DISMISSED

Gallery: Charges dismissed against Ooltewah High School coach, lawmakers considering strengthening child abuse reporting laws +2 more photos How to report child abuse: To report child abuse or neglect in Tennessee call the Child Abuse Hotline at 877-237-0004. Reports can also be made online by visiting this secure sight, https://apps.tn.gov/carat/ Source: Tennessee Department of Children's Services Ooltewah's code of silence created a culture of negligence 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. "Now, that doesn't mean there wouldn't be a moral requirement to report," Poole said. He suggested it may be time for state lawmakers to ...

News source: Times Free Press

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