Officials Who Covered Up Alleged Rape Could Be Charged

( A Virginia grand jury has been convened to look into whether Loudoun County school officials covered up the sexual assault of a student in a school restroom in 2021.

Reporter Hayley Milon Bour from Loudoun Now, tweeted last Tuesday that multiple sources are confirming that a grand jury has been convened to investigate the Loudoun County School Board’s handling of the incident involving a supposed “transgender” boy who sexually assaulted a ninth-grader in the girl’s bathroom.

Bour included a statement from the Loudon County Public Schools which confirmed that a special grand jury has been convened in response to a January 15 executive order from Governor Glenn Youngkin.

Youngkin’s order authorized the Virginia Attorney General to “initiate and coordinate investigative and prosecutorial efforts” to protect citizens and “hold accountable” anyone who has violated the law or “violated the rights of victims of crime” in connection with the sexual assault.

The LCPS said it would cooperate with the grand jury’s “lawful requests” while “protecting the privacy rights of our students.”

In its statement, the district said it has taken steps to prevent such incidents from happening again, including expanding its Title IX office by hiring a full-time coordinator and additional staff. It has also expanded its Office of Division Counsel to ensure staff is in legal compliance.

Last week, Scott Smith, the father of one of the rape victims said in a statement that he hopes the grand jury doesn’t just investigate the school board’s involvement, but also investigate the prosecuting attorney, the sheriff’s department, and the Loudoun County board of supervisors.

Smith also said that while Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler may not deserve jail, he should lose his job for covering up the sexual assault.

Governor Youngkin also proposed an amendment to Virginia law that would, if ratified by the legislature, place all Loudoun County School Board members on this year’s ballot instead of the November 2023 ballot. The current board was elected in 2019 to serve four years. However, under Youngkin’s proposal, their terms would be staggered, with some board members serving only two years instead of four.