Loudoun County Officials Address ‘False Information’ On School Attack

Officials in Loudoun County, Virginia, are rejecting suggestions of a cover-up around a suspected sexual assault at a school by a student who reportedly assaulted another victim several months later.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said they wanted to address “misinformation” with regard to a alleged attack on Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn on May 28 following recent media reports.

Scott Smith, whose son was allegedly the victim of the attack on May 28, claimed in an interview with The Daily Caller that he was attacked in the bathroom by a student girl whom he described as a boy who wore of the skirt.

Smith was previously arrested by a Loudoun County School Board meeting on June 22 which was to disucss the draft policy on the rights of transgender and nonbinary students.

During the meeting supervisor Scott Ziegler said the school had no reports of any attacks happening in their public restrooms and that “predator transgender students or people just don’t exist.”

Smith said he was outraged by comments knowing his daughter was allegedly attacked just a few weeks ago.

He accused the school of trying to hide the attack they could continue to push School Policy 8040, passed in August to allow students to use their gender and gender pronouns, as well as locker rooms and bathrooms that match their “consistently asserted gender identity.”

In their statement, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said they were immediately noticed by Stone Bridge High School officials about the alleged attack on May 28. Following an investigation, a 14-year-old man was arrested on July 8 due to suspicion of two counts. of forced sodomy.

The sheriff’s office said they would not disclose to the public details about the arrest because “the suspect and victim are familiar with each other, the investigation is complicated, and a public announcement has the potential to identify a child victim.”

The suspect was later released from a juvenile detention facility and transferred to another school. Ang student allegedly attacked another victim at Broad Run High School on Oct. 6.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release detailing the suspect’s arrest the next day, stating that the now 15-year-old was accused of forcing the victim into an empty classroom, holding him against his will, and inappropriately touching him.

The teen was charged with battery sex and abduction and taken to the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center.

The sheriff’s office said they issued a statement for the alleged attack on Broad Run High School because the investigation “did not involve complex circumstances, the arrest was immediate, and the arrest was reported to the community because the information released is unlikely to disclose the identity of the victim. “

During the heat of the Loudoun County school board meeting on Tuesday, several parents demanded that supervisor Scott Ziegler resign over the attacks and asked why the student was accused of the attack. at Stone Bridge High School was sent to Broad Run High School.

In a statement to Newsweek, Loudoun County Public Schools said that under the requirements of the Virginia State Code, division administrators cannot investigate sexual assaults until the law enforcement agencies involved have completed their own investigations.

The statement confirmed that Principal at Stone Bridge High School reported an allegation of sexual abuse to police on May 28, but their school board members were not aware of it until a recent media report because of the details. about it is not made public.

“LCPS is prohibited from disciplining any student without following the Title IX grievance process, which includes the investigation of complaints of sexual harassment and sexual abuse,” the statement said. “LCPS imposes interim measures to protect the safety of students involved in the original incident, prevent retaliation, and maintain the integrity of the investigation and resolution process.

“School Board members are generally not given details of disciplinary matters,” the statement added. “The board may be obligated to consider long-term suspensions or expulsions and must ensure that students are not deprived of due process. As a result, members of the Loudoun County School Board are unaware of the specifics. details of the incident until it was reported in media outlets earlier this week. “

Protesters and activists hold signs as they stand outside the Loudoun County board meeting (LCPS) in Ashburn, Virginia on Oct. 12, 2021. teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Covid-19 mandates. Recently tension between parent groups and the school board escalated after parents said an alleged transgender individual had assaulted a girl at one of the schools.
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