Tenn. detective accused of lying during H.S. basketball rape case hearing

(Graphic: WKRN; Photo: TBI)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN/WATE) – A Tennessee detective for the Gatlinburg Police Department is accused of lying during a juvenile court proceeding.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Friday they began investigation Floyd Burns on Feb. 17.

Agents reportedly developed information that Floyd offered testimony in a juvenile hearing that was not truthful on Feb. 15.

Earlier this week, a grand jury indicted the 55-year-old with two counts of aggravated perjury.

He turned himself in Friday morning to the Hamilton County jail where he was booked and subsequently released on $2,500 bond.

According to WATE, the hearing during which Burns is accused of lying was in the Ooltewah High School rape case. Three basketball players are accused of raping another player with a pool cue and causing so much damage to the boy he had to undergo emergency surgery.

Three adults, two coaches, and an athletic director have been accused of failing to report the child abuse after the incident.

While Burns was testifying, WATE says he “surprised prosecutors by saying the boys’ intent wasn’t sexual and the whole thing had been blown out of proportion.”

“I mean, what this case actually is – is much smaller than what it’s been blown up to be,” the detective said in court. “This young man had on a thin pair of knit sweatpants that were pretty well worn, and a thin pair of underwear. [The pool cue] poked through his clothing, where it didn’t poke through the other ones, and he was injured.”

The “other ones” Burns refers to are the other players allegedly assaulted. None of them were injured, and that’s why the detective says he only charged the three suspects in regard to one victim and not the the other three.

WATE reports Burns said he doesn’t consider any part of what happened in the cabin as sexual assault.

Click here to read more about Ooltewah High School rape case.

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