Former VA AGs Call for Investigation of Loudoun County Public Schools' Sexual Assaults

Michael W. Chapman | October 26, 2021 | 2:22pm EDT
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Virginia's Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring.  (Getty Images)
Virginia's Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring. (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- Given that parents in Loudoun County, Va., were not informed about an alleged sexual assault of a ninth-grade girl in a public school bathroom by a boy wearing a skirt, five former state attorneys general have questioned the inaction of Virginia AG Mark Herring and "called for him to immediately open an investigation."

"The Loudoun County School Superintendent and the School Board chose not to report two sexual assaults to parents," the former attorneys general wrote. "With this failure, the school system places other girls at risk in Loudoun County and broke reporting regulations.”

The case involves a long and ongoing controversy in Loudoun County, where the school board has pushed for a transgender bathroom policy since last spring, a policy that was finally adopted in August.

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican. (Getty Images)
Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican. (Getty Images)

Many parents oppose the policy and have spoken at numerous meetings of the Loudoun County School Board (LCSB). They also have opposed reported attempts by the LCSB to allow Critical Race Theory or its variants to be taught in the county's public schools. 

Critical Race Theory contends that America's legal, political, and social structures are inherently racist and that white (European) people are the enemies of progress. 

As the battle between parents and the school board carried on, a 14-year-old girl reportedly was raped in the girls bathroom of Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Va., on May 28 by a male teen wearing a skirt. The teen was later arrested on July 8 and charged with two counts of forcible sodomy. 

Outraged parents and activists at a Loudoun County School Board meeting in June. (Getty Images)
Outraged parents and activists at a Loudoun County School Board meeting in June. (Getty Images)

However, as legal proceedings moved forward, the teen boy was allowed to transfer to a different school, Broad Run High School, where he allegedly attacked another student and was subsequently arrested

"Virginia code says that parents have a "fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent's child," state the five former attorneys general: James S. Gilmore III, Mark Earley, Jerry W. Kilgore, Robert F. McDonnell, and Ken Cuccinelli. 

The letter continues, "Parents have a right to know when sexual assaults occur in the school systems, yet Democrats pushed through legislation that told our local school systems not to report sexual assaults. AG Herring did nothing to stop the legislation during the General Assembly session even though his office reviews and comments on all legislation.

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"Given the broad powers of a State Attorney General, AG Herring should've stepped in once the horrific facts surfaced demonstrating that the Superintendent and School Board knew of the assaults yet did nothing. They even allowed the assaulting student to transfer to another school, where he sexually assaulted a girl again.

"What Loudoun County did here was a determined move to cut out parents and even jail  a parent that voiced concern. The actions of Loudoun County and the inaction of the Attorney General demonstrate a pattern of indifference toward sexual assaults in our schools and, worse yet, the intimidation of parents that want to be involved in the education and safety of their children."

On Monday, Loudoun County juvenile court Chief Judge Pamela L. Brooks found the defendant in the May 28 assault guilty. The October assault, involving the same defendant, will be decided in November.

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(Getty Images)

"The judge found there was sufficient evidence to find the defendant had forced the girl into two sex acts," reported The Washington Post.

"The defendant did not testify during the trial, but prosecutors played interviews he gave detectives investigating the case during which he acknowledged 'messing up' and said he did not intend to perform one sex act with the victim and said he stopped once he realized he was hurting the girl," reported The Post

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