(WBIR - GATLINBURG) Three former basketball players have been charged with aggravated rape and aggravated assault after a suspected hazing incident at a tournament in Gatlinburg.
Gatlinburg police confirmed Tuesday that three juveniles were charged and are being held in the Sevier County Juvenile Facility.
Investigators said the juveniles are former members of the Ooltewah High School basketball team. The victim is a freshman player who was treated for days at University of Tennessee Medical Center.
The teen is now out of the hospital. He was first taken by his coach to LeConte Medical Center.
A family member told WRCB "It was a horrific incident. His surgery went well, but he has a long road to recovery."
The injuries happened at a rental cabin on Laurel Mountain Road
The three juveniles were dismissed from the team, but county school officials say they will have no statement on punishment from the school district until after the holidays.
The Ooltewah team continues to play in the Best of Preps classic, having played two games since the players were dismissed, with another scheduled for this afternoon.
Original story: Dec. 25, 2015
Three Ooltewah High School basketball players who reportedly injured a freshman teammate are being investigated by Gatlinburg Police and Hamilton County school officials.
They have been dismissed from the team, which is coached by Andre Montgomery. Sources say at least two of the dismissed players are seniors.
Principal Jim Jarvis told WRCB-TV, "A violation of team policy did occur. It is currently under investigation and will be dealt with."
The incident, described as a hazing-type incident, occurred during the Smoky Mountain Classic basketball tournament, which was held Dec. 21-23 at Gatlinburg-Pittman High. The freshman was hospitalized and the three older players have been dismissed from the basketball team. Friends of the injured player told WRCB they are pushing for criminal charges to be filed, but apparently none have been filed at this time.
A Gatlinburg police official said the student was attacked Tuesday night at a rental cabin and underwent surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center to treat his injuries.
The player is reportedly still in the hospital, but his condition is unknown.
Ooltewah's next game is scheduled at home January 4 against Hixson. It is unknown if the removal of three players, and the injury to a fourth will affect the team's schedule.