Reported by CARLOS GARCIA | October 25, 2021
A juvenile court judge found a teenage boy guilty of “nonconsensual sex” with a female student in the controversial case from Loudoun County in Virginia. The sexual assault became a national outrage after public school officials denied any knowledge of an assault during a heated confrontation with parents protesting against a transgender bathroom rule proposal.
Scott Smith, the father of the victim, was dragged out of the June 22 board meeting by police after engaging in an altercation with a woman who accused his daughter of lying about the assault. That altercation was used to justify an announcement by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland that the FBI would investigate threats against school board members.
On Monday, Juvenile Court Judge Pamela Brooks found that the evidence presented was sufficient to find that the 15-year-old suspect had engaged in “nonconsensual sex” with the victim during the bathroom assault on May 28 at Stone Bridge High School. The suspect was also accused of sexually assaulting a second victim early October after he had been moved to another school in the district.
“The matter will be continued for review, to determine the outcome of the second set of charges against the same young man, who is accused of sexually assaulting a second Loudoun County student after being transferred to Broad Run High School,” read a statement from attorney Elizabeth Lancaster, who represents one of the victims in the case.
The boy reportedly said in court that he had worn a skirt into the restroom.
Parents and other critics of the Loudoun County school board have called for resignations of those members who are accused of covering up the sexual assaults at their schools in order to push liberal policies. The Smith family said in a statement Monday that they would continue to press for accountability from the school officials responsible for the scandal.
“We are relieved that justice was served today for the Smith’s daughter,” the statement said. “This horrible incident has deeply affected the Smith family, and they are grateful for today’s outcome.”