The Loudoun County sheriff accused the school district’s superintendent of taking actions that enabled a male scholar who had sexually assaulted a lady in a women’ restroom to go on to assault one other scholar in one other public school. The sheriff additionally questioned the superintendent’s promised investigation into the assaults.
Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman made these claims in response to Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent Scott Ziegler, who had despatched a letter accusing Chapman’s workplace of failing to fulfill the necessities of Virginia legislation in notifying LCPS in regards to the costs the male scholar confronted.
Chapman’s letter famous that Ziegler knew in regards to the May 28 assault at Stone Bridge High School “the day it occurred,” and he famous that Juvenile Intake notified LCPS of the coed’s arrest on July 9.
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Chapman added, “despite knowing the serious nature of the offense, LCPS decided to place this individual back into [another] high school population” and “the consequences of that decision resulted in a second student being victimized by the same defendant” on Oct. 6 at Broad Run High School.
The sheriff additionally famous that Ziegler “commissioned an ‘independent’ review, which I assume will be paid for by the LCPS using Loudoun County taxpayer dollars. You announced this a day after incoming Attorney General Jason Miyares stated publicly that he intends to investigate this incident.”
“While I believe an independent review would be helpful, I have concerns of the legitimacy of such a review conducted at your direction,” Chapman wrote. “As the Attorney General is accountable to the citizens of Virginia, I feel an Attorney General review is the most objective way to move forward on this issue.”
The sheriff’s letter got here in response to a letter through which Ziegler advised that the sheriff’s workplace violated the legislation by failing to inform LCPS of the coed’s arrest.
“We are writing to address what may be inaccurate information that was shared at the Board of Supervisors meeting on November 3,” Ziegler wrote on Nov. 5. He famous that Col. Mark J. Poland of the sheriff’s workplace “suggested that your offices notified the Loudoun County Public Schools of charges in the Stone Bridge High School sexual assault case.”
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One of the supervisors requested Poland if the Sheriff’s workplace notified Loudoun County Public Schools when the person was charged.
“To answer your question, they were notified. They were absolutely notified,” Poland responded on the assembly.
Ziegler continued in his letter: “At this point, LCPS cannot confirm that we have received the required notification of charges from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office regarding this case.” He cited the Code of Virginia, which requires legislation enforcement to inform the superintendent.
In his responding letter, Chapman famous that the Code of Virginia requires legislation enforcement to report “offenses” and never “arrests.”
“This offense was reported to the LCPS the day it occurred as evidenced by your email on May 28, 2021,” Chapman wrote, referencing a letter through which Ziegler notified the school board in regards to the incident.
Chapman additionally famous that the arrest didn’t happen on LCPS grounds, however at Juvenile Intake. When the arrest came about, the sheriff’s workplace ensured that Jason Bickmore of the Loudoun County Juvenile Court Service Unit filed the report notifying LCPS of the arrest. Chapman famous that on Octo. 27, Bickmore advised one of many sheriff’s sergeants that he was “surprised” that LCPS had positioned the offender in one other school.
The Juvenile Court Service Unit didn’t instantly reply to Fox News’ request to confirm the submitting of this report.
The Loudoun County Juvenile Court discovered the male scholar “not innocent” of costs of forcible sodomy and forcible fellatio within the May 28 incident. The identical scholar pleaded “no contest” final week in a separate case to 2 costs of abduction and sexual battery involving the Oct. 6 incident. Parents have demanded that Ziegler resign over the incident, and incoming Gov. Glenn Youngkin has demanded resignations from Ziegler and the school board.
Neither Ziegler nor the school board responded to Fox News’ requests for remark. Sheriff Chapman didn’t remark additional on the state of affairs.
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