A “gender fluid” teen boy, who was accused of sexual assault in a girls restroom at Stone Bridge High School in Loudoun County, was found guilty on all charges, reported ABC-7 news, which covers the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia area.
The news outlet said the judge “determined that there were facts sufficient that the defendant committed a forcible assault.” The incident occurred on May 28 at Stone Bridge High School.
The perpetrator was also charged in a second incident of sexual assault after Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) transferred him to a different school, Broad Run High School. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) arrested the teen and said, “The investigation determined on the afternoon of October 6, the 15-year-old suspect forced the victim into an empty classroom where he held her against her will and inappropriately touched her.”
ABC-7 said the boy would be sentenced after a judge determines the outcome of the second set of charges.
LCPS parents were outraged when they found out about the two incidents. The first assault took place less than four weeks before a June 22 school board meeting where transgender policies, which allow boys who claim to be girls into girls private spaces, were being debated.
LCPS Superintendent Scott Ziegler ignored the May restroom attack and assured parents, “To my knowledge we don’t have any records of assaults occurring in our restrooms.”
Ziegler added for emphasis, “The predator transgender student or person simply does not exist.”
But he had sent an email to the board of education the day of the first assault, as WTOP, a news station covering the D.C. region, discovered. The email said, “The purpose of this email is to provide you with information regarding an incident that occurred at Stone Bridge HS. This afternoon a female student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the restroom. The LCSO is investigating the matter.”
The Superintendent also wrote about Scott Smith, the girl’s father, “Secondary to the Assault investigation, the female student’s parent responded to the school and caused a disruption by using threatening and profane language that was overheard by staff and students. Additional law enforcement units responded to the school to assist with the parent.”
Ziegler wrote that school counselors would be provided “for students who witnessed the parent’s behavior” and that “the alleged victim is being tended to by LCSO.”
Smith made headlines in the June 22 meeting, after he was elbowed in the face and dragged from the meeting after the board declared it “an unlawful assembly.”
But later, when he came forward to talk about the assault on his daughter, most national media outlets refused to report the story. The Media Research Center’s NewsBusters reported that you wouldn’t know about the two sexual assaults “if you get your news from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN or MSNBC [their emphasis].”
After the gender-fluid youth was found guilty, Smith’s attorney released a statement that said, “We are relieved that justice was served today for the Smith’s daughter. This horrible incident has deeply affected the Smith family, and they are grateful for today’s outcome. No one should have to endure what this family has endured, and now their focus is completely upon their daughter’s health and safety as she progresses forward with her life.”
Students also reacted to the news, walking out of school at five LCPS high schools, as they protested for safe schools and against the board’s coverup. They yelled slogans like “We demand change,” “Why didn’t anybody tell us?” and “Loudoun County protects rapists.”
Superintendent Ziegler offered an apology to the families on October 15, the same day as a school board meeting where dozens of irate parents excoriated the board for its transgender policy and the dishonesty about bathroom assaults. He said that the district would be reforming its process of dealing with sexual assault allegations.
Ziegler also said that he misunderstood the question at the June meeting where he spent some time explaining that there were no restroom incidents in LCPS schools and that “the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist.”
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