CHATTANOOGA (WATE) – At the request of the Hamilton County District Attorney, the lead detective in a rape case will be investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
District Attorney General Neal Pinkston asked for an investigation of Gatlinburg Police Department Detective Floyd Rodney Burns for perjury during sworn testimony he gave about the assaults and rapes of four Ooltewah High School freshman basketball players during at a Hamilton Counyty Juvenile Court on Monday. TBI confirmed to WTVC they will conduct the investigation.
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The District Attorney’s office has not specified on the nature of the alleged perjury, other than to say his testimony was inconsistent with his case file. Burns drew criticism for his testimony on Monday during a hearing in Hamilton County Juvenile Court for three adults charged with not properly reporting the child sex abuse of an Ooltewah High School student. While announcing his decision, Judge Philyaw said “I am troubled about the testimony we heard from the detective on several different levels.”
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Burns said the victim told him that the three boys jumped him and then one of the boys pushed a pool stick into him so hard that it busted through his clothing. The boy said he let out a yell and ran into the bathroom bleeding.
“This wasn’t sexual in nature. They didn’t pull his pants down or penetrate,” said Burns. He believes players knew there was going to a form of bullying in days before the incident.
On the witness stand on Monday, Burns said he didn’t believe that the three boys should be charged with rape because there was no sexual intent. He also said that he believed the case was “overblown.”
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