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Loudoun County School Superintendent Fired and Indicted Over Handling of Sex Assaults

Loudoun County School Superintendent Fired and Indicted Over Handling of Sex Assaults

“The fact that it took an election, a new governor, and on Day One an executive order to get this get to get this investigated, I think, really speaks to the fact that I think the Loudoun County School Board let everyone down and didn’t do their job”

A little over a year ago, a male student who wears skirts sexually assaulted two girls at two schools in Loudoun County, Virginia.

This unfolded at the same time that parents around the country began to take on an activist role at school board meetings. Parents in Loudoun County demanded the firing of the superintendent. Some parents even sued.

Now the superintendent has been fired and indicted by a grand jury. It looks like the crimes were covered up to advance the woke agenda.

Luke Rosiak reports at the Daily Wire:

Loudoun Superintendent, Spokesman Criminally Indicted Following Rape Coverup

Two top officials of a Northern Virginia public school district were indicted Monday for their roles in the handling of a bathroom rape by a skirt-wearing boy after The Daily Wire revealed the apparent coverup last year, court documents unsealed Monday showed.

Former Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler , who was fired last week, was indicted on three misdemeanor counts of false publication, conflict of interest-prohibited conduct, and penalizing an employee for court appearance. Spokesman Wayde Byard was indicted on a felony charge of perjury, court records show.

A week ago, a special grand jury released a 91-page report that confirmed the findings of The Daily Wire’s October 2021 expose, determining that Ziegler told a “bald-faced lie” when he dismissed concerns about a proposed transgender policy by denying that there had ever been any bathroom sex assaults–despite knowing of the attack on a ninth-grade girl just a month earlier.

The grand jury said Ziegler’s administration also concealed from the public and even the school board that the same boy went on to sexually assault another girl in a classroom, with school board members learning about it from a report in The Daily Wire. The grand jury findings painted a devastating picture and showed that “throughout this ordeal LCPS administrators were looking out for their own interests instead of the best interests of LCPS.”

You can read the report of the special grand jury here.

This case impacted the Virginia governor race, and Glenn Youngkin, who won, kept his promise to investigate.

The Washington Examiner reports:

The special grand jury was impaneled by Miyares at the behest of Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA), who had vowed to investigate the school district while campaigning ahead of the November 2021 election.

In the report, the grand jury blasted Ziegler for stating at a June 22, 2021, school board meeting that, to his knowledge, there had not been any sexual assaults in school bathrooms. The grand jury said it agreed with multiple witnesses who testified that Ziegler lied at the meeting, including one who said the superintendent’s comment was a “bald-faced lie.”

In an interview with ABC 7 News, Youngkin said he was not surprised by the special grand jury’s findings.

“The fact that it took an election, a new governor, and on Day One an executive order to get this get to get this investigated, I think, really speaks to the fact that I think the Loudoun County School Board let everyone down and didn’t do their job,” he said. “I’m so proud of the Attorney General’s Office. And I want to thank the grand jury for the extensive effort and work that they put in to illuminate what was a terrible, horrific circumstance for all Loudoun County and Virginia.”

This report from FOX News breaks down the key findings:

LCPS displayed a “stunning lack of openness, transparency and accountability, both to the public and to the special grand jury” about its response to the sexual assaults, according to the report, which also condemned Ziegler for denying at a June 2021 school board meeting that he had any knowledge of the first assault, which had occurred in May of that year. The second assault was committed in October 2021.

Ziegler had said at the board meeting that “the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist,” and, to his knowledge, “we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.”

But in an email dated May 28, the same day as the initial assault, the superintendent alerted school board members that an assault had been reported.

The grand jury’s report explained that the district failed at several points to “step in and alter” the sequence of events that led to the second assault. It also said the grand jury did not find a “coordinated cover-up” between school officials and the school board but that the second assault “could have and should have been prevented.”

Protecting the woke agenda was more important than protecting students.

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Comments

Great !

Let the rapist rape them.

Dolce Far Niente | December 13, 2022 at 11:57 am

Its better than nothing, but these are very minor charges for a man who set up the circumstances in which the two rapes occurred and who protected the rapist; this would seem to be material participation in those crimes.

Put the SOB away and send a message to other deviant apologists.

Too bad they’re misdemeanors and not something like “Aiding and Abetting the Delinquency of a Minor” or “Abetting After the Fact A Rape”. Something that would get him a little more than “fired”.

Our “school-to-prison pipeline” needs to be filled with predatory teachers. Then it might end up with fewer students in it.

Never heard of an indictment for a misdemeanor.

The driving problem is that an alleged rape by an alleged transgender guy is treated differently than if some non-transgender rapist did the same thing.

It’s not too different from the left treating, say, a murder more severely if it is deemed a “hate crime.”

Was the school committee afraid it would hurt the “transgender” rapist’s feelings, or that the Dems would start “peaceful protests” in front of the school.

    Dathurtz in reply to Dimsdale. | December 13, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    Worse: It gave the right ammunition to argue against the woke.

    puhiawa in reply to Dimsdale. | December 13, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Reminds me of this leftist logic about a FL self defense case: The dead perp attacked the victim in an instance of mistaken identity. The victim shot the perp. The victim should be charged with a crime because the perp did not mean to hurt that victim.

    henrybowman in reply to Dimsdale. | December 14, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    In case people have forgotten, the school board’s response was that there was no transgender rapist. And that’s because they decided prima facie that the rapist never “officially” claimed to be “transgender,” he was just a boy who liked to dress in women’s clothes.

“…concealed from the public and even the school board that the same boy went on to sexually assault another girl in a classroom,…”

This is more than malfeasance: it’s wilfull negligence; aiding and abetting a known predator to commit a violent crime against a minor.

If a parent allowed such negligence and predation in their home, the FIB would have em rotting in prison faster than a rope pull at a nascar track is mistaken for a noose.

Loco Parentis should have this POS superintendent facing the same harsh consequences.

Yet, he is only charged with misdemeanors??

Something is wrong here, terribly wrong. This woke POS should be fearing many years in a federal pen as Bubba the Luv Sponge’s rump toy.

    Dathurtz in reply to LB1901. | December 13, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    If I had done that with my students, then I would surely face, at a minimum, a huge lawsuit to personally defend without support from my school. It boggle my mind that there are only misdemeanors in such enablement.

    Dimsdale in reply to LB1901. | December 14, 2022 at 8:10 am

    I’d chip in to get Bubba to do it.

ziegler is very, very lucky that the victims were not any family members / loved ones of mine

Subotai Bahadur | December 13, 2022 at 5:10 pm

But, But, But . . . I thought it was the official position of the Department of Justice that the main problem was the the parents were terrorists for trying to protect their children from being raped?

Oh. it is. Then that is where the problem is.

Subotai Bahadur

So, you can lie about a girl being raped, move the rapist to another school abetting another rape and still lie about it and all that happens is a misdemeanor? Isn’t child endangerment still a thing or maybe the charges are just to get the ball rolling.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to diver64. | December 13, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    More along the line of Leftist officials being above common laws. I expect that he will get off completely. May end up as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education, especially if he is non-binary.

    Subotai Bahadur

    puhiawa in reply to diver64. | December 13, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Government privilege. There is no degree of malfeasance or even maliciousness that warrants any degree of punishment. This man will never serve a day in jail. He is just a local version of our Federal government.

“an executive order to get this get to get this investigated”
It isn’t any esier when the investigative report ends with “Th-th-th-that’s all folks!”

What about the father that protested at the school meeting, was arrested and personally prosecuted by the DA? He was right about his daughters assault. Hopefully he will bring suit and obtain enough funds for the daughters college and send another message to the wokesters. Worse than shameful, it’s criminal.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to tmm. | December 14, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    The problem there is that if the official who ordered the arrest is sued, it will almost certainly be covered by the School Board’s, Sheriff’s, or Police’s liability insurance and therefore will have no effect on the guilty party.

    Subotai Bahadur