July 07, 2016

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) The principal and an assistant principal at a Tennessee high school where three basketball players face charges of raping a teammate won't be working in that school district in 2016-17.

Stacy Stewart, the Hamilton County Department of Education assistant superintendent for human resources, confirmed Thursday that Ooltewah High principal Jim Jarvis is taking a leave of absence and assistant principal Allard Nayadley is resigning.

The Chattanooga Times-Free Press first reported the news.

Hamilton County officials announced in May that Ooltewah would have a new principal. Jarvis' decision to take a leave means he won't be working at any Hamilton County school in the fall.

Gatlinburg police have charged three Ooltewah players with aggravated rape in a Dec. 22 assault on a freshman teammate in an alleged hazing incident. Authorities said it happened in a cabin while Ooltewah's team was participating in a holiday tournament in the resort community of Gatlinburg.

Nayadley entered a pre-trial diversion program in May after he was charged with failing to report the abuse to the proper authorities. If he complies with terms of that program, which include performing community service and taking a class on mandatory reporting, the charges can be removed from his record.

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