Loudoun County school counselor charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a student

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LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA The school district at the center of much negative publicity is making news once again, and it is not trending in a positive direction. 

We recently shared stories about the school district in Virginia (continue reading to see several of those) that include the school board demanding 65 deputies protect them from angry parents, students staging a walk-out over the news that the district was protecting a rapist, the conviction of that rapist, and the arrest of his victim’s father at a school board meeting.

Now, a high school counselor at Loudoun County’s Freedom High School has been arrested on allegations of having an inappropriate relationship with a student – or “taking indecent liberties with a minor”. 

Ann Barrett, 42, was the school’s counselor from 2013-2015. It was during this time that the alleged relationship with a student at that school occurred. 

The allegations were brought to the attention of authorities in May. She was placed on leave from the district at that point. The district indicated that they are now moving forward in an attempt to have her terminated from her employment with them as well as having her license revoked. 

The sheriff’s office said that Barrett surrendered to police last Thursday and was then released on $10,000 bond.

Letters were issued to the families of the student community, one from the principal of the high school and a second from the middle school where Barrett was currently working. 

From Freedom High School Principal Neelum Chaudhry: 

“Today, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office released the media alert below concerning a former Freedom High School employee.  Loudoun County Public Schools has cooperated fully with this investigation.

The employee – who no longer works at Freedom High School – was placed on administrative leave when the school division became aware of allegations against them in May. LCPS is seeking the termination of this individual’s employment and the revocation of their teaching license.”

And from Stone Hill Middle School Principal Kathryn Clark, who wrote the same message, but added the following:

“The charges involve the employee’s actions before they came to Stone Hill. No Stone Hill students were involved in this alleged crime.”

Authorities are not releasing any further details at this time in an effort to protect the identity of the alleged victim. 

Law Enforcement Today will continue to follow this story. 

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LOUDON COUNTY, VA – In a show of support for victims of sexual assault in their school district, Loudon County students at multiple schools staged a walkout and demonstration on Tuesday, October 26.

According to WUSA9, the walkout was planned and coordinated on social media by school parents, with organizers asking students and teachers at “several schools” in Loudon County to wear white, make signs, and leave class for 10 minutes, to “show solidarity to victims of sexual violence and demand safety in our schools.”

At Loudon County’s Broad Run High School, students were heard chanting: 

“Loudon County protects rapists.”

Students also shouted:

“Why was a rapist allowed into our school?

“He was a sex offender.

“Why didn’t anybody tell us?”

These walkouts were in response to two sexual assaults against teen girls that allegedly occurred at two different Loudon County schools at the hands of the same teenage boy.

One assault occurred on May 28, 2021.  As we previously reported, a 14-year-old male wearing a skirt assaulted a ninth-grade female in a bathroom at Stone Bridge High School.

The victim’s father, Scott Smith, came to national attention when he was involved in a physical altercation with Loudon County sheriffs at a school board meeting which addressed, in part, transgender bathroom policies.  

Smith exchanged words with a woman at the meeting who told him that she believed the attack on his daughter did not take place.  Security and law enforcement were called in, and Smith was later found guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after his reaction to the woman’s words.

Loudon County Public Schools also came to national attention with the revelation that they denied that the assault took place, even though the attack was reported to them and they promised to handle it “in-house.”

According to an investigative piece by the Daily Wire, the Loudon County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Scott Ziegler even:

“lectured the public [at the school board meeting] that concerns about the transgender policy were misplaced because the school system had no record of any assault occurring in any school bathroom.”

The same investigative report also notes that on the very day of the May 28 attack, “the principal sent out an email to the community that claimed nothing jeopardizing student safety had occurred.”

Unlike the school district, however, the sheriff’s office did evidently take the attack seriously. 

After an extensive investigation by the Special Victims Unit, the teenage attacker was arrested on July 8 on “two counts of forcible sodomy.”

According to WJLA News, on October 25, he was found guilty on all charges.

Sentencing will wait, however, until the courts rule on a second set of charges filed against the same juvenile male.

After the assault on Smith’s daughter, Loudon County Schools permitted her attacker, now 15, to start classes at a different school, Broad Run High School, for the 2021-2022 school year.

The same boy was arrested the day of an October 6 assault at Broad Run, in which he allegedly:

“forced a female into an empty classroom, held her there against her will, and inappropriately touched her.”

The juvenile has been charged with sexual battery and abduction, and he awaits a Loudon County judge’s ruling on the charges, which WJLA reports “could be as early as November.”

In the meantime, the Smiths are pursuing a lawsuit against the Loudon County School District.

The family’s statement on Loudon Schools and the suit reads, in part:

“The sexual assault on our daughter and the subsequent sexual assault by the same individual were both predictable and preventable….

“Because of poor planning and misguided policies, Loudon Schools failed to institute even minimal safeguards to protect students from sexual assaults.

“And contrary to statements from the Loudon County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s officer, our family was never informed that the student who sexually assaulted our daughter was being returned to the schools.”

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For more on the sexual assaults and the apparent coverup by the school district, we invite you to read further:

Teen male who ‘identified’ as a girl found guilty of sexually assaulting female in restroom at high school

Originally published October 26, 2021

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA- Perhaps Barack Obama should read the following, since he claimed in Virginia this past weekend that stories such as this are made up by Republicans to push a narrative.

A teenage boy accused of sexually assaulting a ninth-grade girl in a Loudoun County, Virginia high school restroom has been found guilty on all charges, the Washington Examiner reports.

The case involves a ninth-grade female who was assaulted in the restroom at Stone Bridge High School by a male wearing a skirt who apparently “identified” as a female…or that’s what he claimed.

While the juvenile court judge found there was enough evidence to convict the male teenager, now 15, he will hold off on sentencing until the male is tried for another sexual assault at a different high school.

 

“We are relieved that justice was served today for the Smith’s daughter,” said Bill Stanley of the Stanley Law Group, who represented the victim in a statement. “This horrible incident has deeply affected the Smith family, and they are grateful for today’s outcome.”

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department, the teen boy was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy.

According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Department, a school resource officer was notified of the possible sexual assault on May 28. They said following a “thorough” investigation by its Special Victims Unit over a several week period, the male, then 14 was arrested on July 8.

“Following the arrest on July 8, 2021, the judicial process was turned over to the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to determine bail, or in the case of a juvenile, the continuance of detention or other legal restrictions set forth as part of court proceedings in the Loudoun County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court,” the statement read.

“As stated in both the current and former Memorandum of Understanding between the LCSO and Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office is not involved in school discipline (nor the placement of students). Nevertheless, the LCSO works closely with school officials throughout all criminal investigations,” the sheriffs office added.

The case gained national attention after the victim’s father, Scott Smith was arrested at a school board meeting after he got into an altercation with a woman who accused Smith’s daughter of making up the story, claiming that she was not in fact raped.

 

 

At the meeting, the superintendent of Loudoun County schools defended the system’s transgender bathroom policy. Smith was later found guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he was basically beaten up by Loudoun County sheriffs for defending his daughter and questioning the school board.

The sexual assault against Smith’s daughter was reported on May 28, at which time the school said they would manage it internally. Smith contacted police, however on Oct. 6, the same teenage boy was charged with another sexual assault at a different high school under the exact same circumstances.

Thankfully the Smith’s are suing the school district, which basically tried to cover up the incidents.

That incident occurred on Oct. 6 at Broad Run High School when the same male, now 15, forced a female into an empty classroom, held her there against her will, and inappropriately touched her. The incident let to an “immediate” arrest and charges of sexual battery and abduction levied against the male.

“The Smith family stands stronger than ever in moving forward to ensure that those responsible in the Loudoun County School system are held accountable, so that this may never happen again to anyone else’s child,” Stanley said.

The case has become a primary focus for a conversation over parental rights in their child’s education, looking at matters such as transgender bathrooms and sports, and on to forced mask-wearing and critical race theory.

Despite denials from both the school board and superintendent about being aware of the initial sexual assault, newly disclosed emails indicate that was a lie.

The Examiner further reported that an email sent by the superintendent to school board members alerted them to an alleged sexual assault on school grounds, which contradicted what he later said in public statements that there was no record of such an incident.

Scott Ziegler, the superintendent now claims his public statements were a result of “misinterpreting a question,” said in a May 28 email that the Sheriff’s office was investigating an alleged sexual assault at Stone Bridge High School.

“The purpose of this email is to provide you with information regarding an incident that occurred at Stone Bridge HS,” Ziegler said in the email, obtained by WTOP News. “This afternoon a female student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the restroom. The LCSO is investigating the matter.”

However a month later…June 22…during a contentious school board meeting where claims of a female student being raped by another student in a girl’s restroom, Ziegler said, “We don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.”

On Oct 12, enraged parents called for Ziegler’s resignation at a meeting of the school board, where he was accused of overseeing cover-ups of two sexual assaults occurring on school grounds.

Three days later, Ziegler issued an apology for the school system’s reaction to the recent sexual assaults on school grounds, claiming that members of the school board “acknowledge and share your pain.”

One member of the school board, John Beatty called the disclosure of Ziegler’s May 28 email as a reason to initiate an investigation, while at the same time saying he personally did not recall getting the email from Ziegler.

He called Ziegler’s response on June 22 “extremely concerning” during an interview on WMAL.

 

“I’m always trying to give people the benefit of the doubt, so I think it’s important that we get all the facts just so we can have justice for the students and for the employees and not make any rash decisions,” Beatty said. “But it is incredibly concerning to hear that and now everything else is coming to light.”

In issuing his apology, Ziegler said he thought the question was specifically about transgender students.

“I regret that my comments were misleading and I apologize for the distress there that caused families,” he said. “I should have asked board member [Beth] Barts clarifying questions to get to the root of her question rather than assuming what she meant. I will do better in the future.”

There is now an investigation into the discrepancies in the LCPS reports being conducted by the Virginia Department of Education.

“During the past week, Loudoun County Public Schools has received a number of questions from community members regarding if, and when, the School Board was made aware of the alleged sexual assault that occurred on May 28 at Stone Bridge High School,” LCPS said in a statement as reported by ABC 7.

“Board members are regularly informed about major incidents that happen in our schools. In this case, the superintendent sent an email message to the board on Friday, May 28, 2021,” the statement added. “…In the message, board members were informed in a general fashion that an alleged incident took place and that the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was conducting an investigation of the incident.

“As LCPS has stated, the School Board was not provided specific details or the names of those involved, and were advised by Dr. Ziegler that they would not receive updates regarding this matter, as it was being investigated by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. The school board has not been provided any specific information regarding this matter from LCPS staff prior to the June 22, 2021, meeting or at any point thereafter until the recent news reports were published.”

For more on the corrupt district attorney who tried to throw the book at the father of the sexual assault victim, we invite you to:

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LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA- Color us shocked…not really. It turns out the Loudoun County prosecutor who targeted a father literally beaten by police arresting him for attempting to speak out at a school board meeting, has ties not only to far-left scumbag George Soros but also to the feckless Terry McAuliffe, candidate for governor of Virginia.

Buta Biberaj, prosecutor in Loudoun County attempted to throw the book at Scott Smith, shows teenage daughter was sexually assaulted in a restroom by a so-called “transgender female,” aka a boy in a Loudoun County school. That district has been ground zero for out-of-control school boards attempting to indoctrinate children in critical race theory and sexual deviance.

Smith was arrested on June 22 as he tried to speak at a Loudoun County school board meeting which the gutless board chairman declared as an “unlawful assembly” when parents complained about the district’s school teaching transgender ideology to their children, telling them that biological sex is able to be replaced by “gender ideology,” according to Breitbart News.

According to the Daily Wire, Smith’s attorney, Elizabeth Lancaster said a biological male, apparently a confused lad, often wears a skirt to school and was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy—one count of anal sodomy and one count of forcible fellatio—related to an incident that occurred at Stone Bridge High School on May 28.

Fox News reported on Biberaj’s ties to Soros:

Biiberaj was one of several Soros-backed prosecutors elected in Northern Virginia after her campaign received more than $860,000 from Soros’ Justice and Public Safety PAC. She is a criminal reform advocate and member of a group of the commonwealth’s attorneys called Virginia Progressive Prosecutors for Justice, which calls for eliminating mandatory minimum sentences and cash bail.

Biiberaj is also a close ally with McAuliffe, who reportedly accepted a $250,000 contribution from Soros for his campaign in August. Biberaj, who has praised McAuliffe ad being “part of the progress” that Virginia needs, joined the former Democratic governor as recently as Oct. 2 at a campaign event in Leesburg.

Meanwhile, Smith’s attorney has announced plans to sue the school district over its handling of the case and his own arrest at the school board meeting. He was sentenced in that case to 10 days in jail, all suspended, contingent on a year of good behavior.

The irony of Biberaj’s harsh treatment of Smith wasn’t lost on Lancaster, especially given the fact she is allegedly a champion of sentencing reform.

“The idea that they would actually be seeking jail time, I’d guess in my 15 years the number of times I’ve seen that happen would be zero,” Lancaster said. “The idea that this is a person who we need to put in a cage was astounding to me given the social justice reform she was pushing. I was blown away.”

McAuliffe, embroiled in an unexpectedly tight race with Republican Glenn Youngkin previously touted Biberaj as a “champion” for criminal justice reform. McAuliffe, who served as Virginia’s governor from 2013-2017 is hoping for a second term. Term limits in the commonwealth prohibit consecutive terms. In 2019, McAuliffe actively fundraised and campaigned for Biberaj.

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