Evidence Indicates Sexual Assault of Stone Bridge Student Occurred

The accused assailant in the rape May 28 sexual assault of a Stone Bridge High School classmate was found guilty on two charges in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on Monday.

Facts were found sufficient consistent with the charges of forced sodomy and forced fellatio. The victim, who had been communicating with the boy prior to the incident, met the assailant in a bathroom where the assaults occurred in a handicapped stall. 

The assailant, who was transferred to Broad Run High School after the incident, is also accused of sexually assaulting another girl in a classroom on Oct. 6.

Bill Stanley, the victim’s lawyer, released a statement after the ruling.

“No one should have to endure what this family has endured, and now their focus is completely upon their daughter’s health and safety as she progresses forward with her life,” he said.

He also said that the victim’s family thanks all of those in the community who have demonstrated their love and support over the past few months.

The assailant is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 15 for a hearing in the case for the alleged second assault. They face charges of sexual battery and abduction another student. The family of the victim in the Stone Bridge incident said the assault was “predictable and preventable.”

The school division has come under fire for its handling of the incidents. In a discussion during the June 22 School Board meeting about the then-proposed Policy 8040 concerning the rights of transgender students, Superintendent Scott Ziegler said that there had not been any assaults in restrooms. He later said he misunderstood a question he’d been asked.  Ziegler addressed the media last week citing shortcomings in the Title IX reporting process as the reason the assailant was able to assault a second student.

During the June 22 meeting, the Stone Bridge victim’s father was arrested after an altercation with an activist. He was found guilty on Aug. 17 of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He said that he plans to appeal the conviction, and to pursue Title IX actions against the county government and officials.

34 thoughts on “Evidence Indicates Sexual Assault of Stone Bridge Student Occurred

  • 2021-10-26 at 9:42 am

    For two weeks, Loudoun County has been inundated with hate. Extremely sensitive information got into the hands of a disreputable media outlet that ran with a false narrative. Outside agitators from around the country libeled the Trans community. After yesterday’s hearing, it’s become painfully clear the May 28 rape had absolutely nothing to do with that community. Loudouners who egged on the outside agitators should hang their heads in shame. I grieve for the May 28 victim & her family. They had nothing to do with this. To the Loudouners responsible for such a rush to judgment, I trust they’ll extend a sincere apology to the Trans community at tonight’s school board meeting. I would also urge them to immediately stop carrying on about Policy 8040, lest they plant seeds in the minds of impressionable youth about misusing restrooms.

    • 2021-10-26 at 1:16 pm

      timsmith – Being upset that a young girl was raped in a Loudoun County school is “hate”? Reporting on it (rather than keeping it secret as LCPS & the board attempted to do) is “disreputable”? How tone death and detached from reason are you? How insensitive to true victims (young girls) do you have to be to manufacture victims (the trans community)? The judgement we parents rushed to was that allowing boys into girls bathroom – no matter what they say they are – is a bad idea. That case has been soundly made. Your case hasn’t.

    • 2021-10-26 at 1:50 pm

      Agree 100%. That said, it’s time to have a very serious conversation about sexual assault in our schools — this is hardly just an LCPS phenomenon. But it doesn’t have anything to do with kids who identify as trans or bathroom signs.

      If the people who’ve been carrying on about phantom menaces like CRT are genuinely interested in reforms that deal with combating sexual assault in schools, I’d like to hear their suggestions. Otherwise, I might think they’re concern trolling.

      Hint: It begins with better education about issues like consent, masculinity, and, yes, equity.

    • 2021-10-26 at 2:19 pm

      I strongly disagree and the only apology necessary is to the Smith family. Especially from the activist that caused them so much unnecessary anguish.

      Stop obsessing about Policy 8040 and start protecting our children with Policy 8035. This obsession with the LGBTQ community is dividing our county and there are many other protected classes that also need advocacy that are being left behind. Including Veterans.

      The contempt and obsession of advocates BOTH for and against Policy 8040 was disturbing. Neither side was relenting and the polarizing of the school board failed to protect our children.

      No child deserves to be sexually assaulted and STOP THE ANIMOSITY! Both sides treated each other horribly and being labeled as “transphobic” by a member of the Equality Loudoun former leadership crosses the line. I advocated AGAINDT sexual assaults and stepped up to defend the Smith family and Mr.Smith.

      Quite frankly, I deserve an apology too for doing the right thing and speaking up for a family that deserves respect and healing. The woman that provoked Mr.Smith at the school board meeting has a history of provoking parents and retaliation against them. I hope that is the next investigation.

      Until then, both the Smith family and I will wait for an apology from the activist that libeled many in the community. Including me. Perhaps defamation charges are more appropriate.

    • 2021-10-26 at 4:38 pm

      It’s not about the trans community. It’s about girls having to go against their God given sense of self protection. That they have to think it’s okay for a man to come into their bathroom where they are. And for her to think “if I say something or offend that person when I feel unsafe, I’m the bad person, the mob will come after me for not being inclusive.” Not okay. Zero sense to be happening in our schools. I have no problem if people feel they are who they are, that’s their business. But it’s just too far.

    • 2021-10-26 at 7:36 pm

      With the slick fast manner in which this school system placed this under the carpet, I would be remiss if I did not seek to know what they have done to keep my daughters protected from such youth predators.

      This has to be frightening to parents with daughters. This needs to be addressed timsmith, and the school board needs to take their head out of the sand and start listening to parents. Collectively, the parents are the boss and the school board would like to silence them. If the school board members do not like what’s being said, they need to figure out what the Board members are doing wrong. Don’t get mad at the parents, rather, get angry with yourselves!

      Parents pay taxes and vote for school board members. They demand that the members of the school board do their job and represent their desires and demands. No one should go to jail and shame the other public servants (Sheriff’s Deputies) for getting involved in the way they did. I watched the film and there was little communication with Scott Smith. These deputies were heavy-handed. Sad.

    • 2021-10-26 at 11:19 pm

      So tell us, Tim, what evidence did you glean from the hearing? You do realize the hearing is in JDR court, which are almost always closed. Were you present?

      In another outlet’s article, the felon is quoted as confessing “it may have happened briefly and accidentally when a knee-length skirt he was wearing got caught on his watch”. Tim, he was wearing it …… as he entered the GIRLS bathroom. In what universe is this not a trans assault issue?

    • 2021-10-26 at 10:51 am

      More like misguided. They have to navigate a minefield of woke outrage and traditional values every day. It is a hard job, and as we learned through this incident, the “easy way” of accepting extreme new agendas can be far more dangerous, divisive and destructive than insisting on moderation and listening to parents rather than activists.

    • 2021-10-26 at 12:41 pm

      The next investigation needs to be about Buta and why she went so hard on the father. Seems there is more to the coverup than we know today.

  • 2021-10-26 at 10:38 am

    The entire “Boy In A Skirt” narrative was a lie. They knew each other, had had sex before, and agreed to meet in the bathroom. Where – he raped her. He was arrested and the case went to court where he was found guilty. As he (and I assume the victim) were 14, the case was handled confidentially as required by law.

    The continued hatred and vitriol against transgender people (none were involved) and the LCPS staff and board is disturbing as it seems to be only about politics. Your right wing media LIED to you. Your right wing politicians LIED to you. But even in the face of facts, you cling to your anger and hatred.

    • 2021-11-02 at 4:06 am

      I wanted to ask this before but I was focused on some facts.
      How do you know that this “rendezvous” was a fact? You blame the “right-wing politicians” for the false scenario, but you failed to indicate how you know this information to be false. You are also advocating that the 2nd rape was also an agreed-upon rendezvous, yes? You are either a liar or you are doing something here that you should not be doing. I can only wonder which one it is? I suspect that you have mere conjecture and this is where it stops. By the way, 1 conviction down and one to go. These do not appear to be innocent incidents.

      Your actions here are suspect.

  • 2021-10-26 at 10:44 am

    The Superintendent or School Board knew about these assaults and tried to hide it from the public! They also hid previous assaults and other incidents that should have been reported to the Virginia State Board of Education. They all should resign immediately!

    VOTE YOUNGKIN TO GIVE OUR SCHOOLS BACK TO THE CHILDREN AND PARENTS! Not these wackos who only want to focus on social justice causes.

  • 2021-10-26 at 10:46 am

    I wonder if the wonderful Barack Obama will apologize today for his hateful, divisive comments? To suggest that parents across the country who are outraged by the conduct of their schools and school boards in forcing woke agendas, even stooping to covering up an horrific attack such as this, are “phony” or “trumped-up” (pun intended) is beyond irresponsible.

    Mr. Smith’s convictions should be vacated, and the County owes him an apology. The Judge’s comment that his actions made it unsafe for people to serve on School Boards was reprehensible. It was the actions of the SCHOOL and then the BOARD that made the STUDENTS unsafe, and led to this attack.

    The trans community is, by and large, a wonderful, peaceful and loving one, and of course do not condone the actions of this boy, or, one would hope, the school board. However, their push to force everyone to confirm to their world view, using the force of law, is misguided. A testosterone-fueled boy allowed to enter the girls’ bathroom is simply wrong, misguided, and it will ALWAYS be. Until the weapon is removed, he is a male, with all the toxicity that brings. Separate facilities for pre-op trans people may be the only right answer. We are taught by the woke agenda that there are far more than two genders. Then I guess we will need far more than two bathrooms. Even ONE attack like this is unacceptable.

  • 2021-10-26 at 10:48 am

    The article states “They face charges of …”, how many sexual predators were involved?

    The assailant was convicted, his name should be released regardless of his age. This was a violent act against young women, people need to be able to avoid this guy when he is released most likely at age 18.

  • 2021-10-26 at 11:19 am

    Ziegler needs to be fired, and the SB resign. All of them. They hid sexual assault from parents, and then doubled down and claimed they didn’t know anything. They lied. Go.

  • 2021-10-26 at 11:33 am

    From other media outlets why not here?
    It was a boy wearing a skirt!!!!

    “The juvenile court trial heard how the girl and boy were friends and had previously ‘hooked up’ with her consent, but that on May 28, he attacked her. He also told detectives in some of his early statements that he ‘stopped’ because he knew he was ‘hurting the girl’, but also claimed the sexual assault only happened when his ‘knee length skirt got caught on his watch’.”

    • 2021-11-02 at 4:11 am

      Considering the fact that the trial in Juvenile Court is a closed session, how do you know this? The investigative reports are confidential, so how do you know what the perpetrator told the detectives?

      The dialogue here is strange. Being a retired Federal LEO, I can only wonder what is going on here.

  • 2021-10-26 at 12:40 pm

    So all that demagoguery of the LGBTQ community…… was just another day in the life of a good god fearing freedom lover who loves their community?

    I’m sure they’re sorry.

  • 2021-10-26 at 7:25 pm

    After listening to the news reports about the LCSD and their handling of the Smith female youth who was violently raped and sodomized in the girls’ bathroom at a high school in Ashburn, Virginia (Loudoun County Schools) in late May 2021, I decided to try to help. As this newspaper and other news outlets have repeatedly reported, her father, Scott Smith, was arrested in late June 2021 when he attempted to voice his concerns before a school board meeting in late June 2021.

    The same perpetrator who raped the Smith child was transferred to another high school where he sexually assaulted another female youth in the girls’ bathroom. He has since been found guilty of his offenses, although the conviction was as a juvenile not as an adult. The perpetrator most assuredly acted like a deranged adult when he raped these 2 female youths.

    Because of the potential chilling effect on female students and parents, the lack of any known Title IX complaint made to the U.S. Department of Education/OCR, and the way Mr. Smith was treated, I filed an OCR complaint within 180 days of the Smith child’s rape. The OCR complaint number is “OCR 11-22-1018.”

    I do not know any of these people, but as an American (disabled veteran and retired federal law enforcement officer), I cannot just sit back and hear what I have been hearing and ignore it. I’m just not made that way.

    Attorney Bill Stanley was provided with all the paperwork that I sent to the OCR with responses from the Supervisory Attorney at the Office of Civil Rights (Jennifer Barmon), and I asked him to take over the complaint on behalf of his clients (the Smith family). To date, Mr. Stanley has not contacted me, and the complaint will be dismissed if at least one of the parents of the Smith child does not consent to the complaint. The statute of limitations will be strictly construed by the OCR, so Mr. or Mrs. Smith needs to speak with Bill Stanley and complete the consent form, which I provided to him.

    What does it take to protect our young people? What steps can the public take to protect our children within its “village?”

    Unless something is done, this will fall through the cracks and be lost forever.

    Don Gala, Ph.D.
    Hixson, TN

    • 2021-10-27 at 4:50 pm

      Except, the second assault happened in a classroom.
      And it’s not like he sneaked into the bathroom. They had agreed to meet there. And had had consensual sex there before. She knew him. He raped her. Thats bad. We all agree on that.
      The boy does not identify as transgender. He like to dress in a gender fluid manner, but that is all.

      • 2021-11-02 at 4:19 am

        You seem to be adding facts that are not known to the public. Do you really believe that conjecture is a good addition here? Like I asked earlier, how do you know what happened between these two youths?
        BTW, “gender fluid manner” is pure nonsense! Are you saying that one morning he wakes up and sees himself as a female and the next day he may awaken as a male? I have to call you on this. This is all horse dump!
        Also, it does not matter whether a rape happened in a restroom, classroom, or broom closet. Rape is rape! End of story. This is why our society has problems. We seem to be failing to teach our young boys that when females say “No” it means no, not maybe, or “sort of.” No, means no!

    • 2021-10-27 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you for speaking out and taking action. Others have tried including filing lawsuits or assisting other sexual assault victims at LCPS. This is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s a criminal cartel. We need more of you.

  • 2021-10-26 at 7:58 pm

    The primary concern Loudoun parents had with 8040 was that “impressionable youth” would “misuse restrooms,” and guess what? It happened. You can’t make the argument that the rape occurred prior to the passing of 8040 because the writing was on the bathroom wall as soon as the state passed the mandate well before LCPS passed the policy. Now the issue isn’t the policy as much as the lies told to cover the incident. There were zero apologies from anyone at the SB meeting.

    • 2021-10-27 at 4:52 pm

      That’s not what this was at all. They had been having sex in that bathroom. The boy is not transgender. That day she said no and he raped her.
      But I’m sure you don’t care or understand. Why worry about facts when a twisted story can help you hurt them trans folk.

  • 2021-10-27 at 5:00 am

    Incarceration does not seem like enough of a penalty! Men in women’s bathrooms or locker rooms is another in a long list of social justice that has back fired and the community suffers because of the poor judgements by School Administration, the School Board and the Board of Supervisors!

    • 2021-11-02 at 4:26 am

      When female students walk out of school in protest the lack of protection by school officials from rape, I think we have a Title IX violation per se.
      It appears that there is no faith in the Biden Administration through the Civil Rights Division to conduct an investigation and apply sanctions on this school system. An OCR complaint is pending (waiting for the parent of the 1st rape case to sign off on the complaint). This is a sad situation.

  • 2021-10-27 at 2:31 pm

    History is not going to be kind to those who have tried to cover up these violent sexual assaults. Nor to those apologists who will go to no end to pretend that this sexual predator didn’t rape a young girl in a bathroom while wearing a “knee length skirt.”

    I don’t care about what this little monster’s sexual “identity” is, was or will be going forward.

    If you want to demand apologies for some segment of our society, then DO IT FOR THE ACTUAL VICTIMS.
    LCPS, LoCo SB, LCSO and the CA’s office have failed them. Miserably.

  • 2021-10-27 at 4:30 pm

    ddgala – I applaud you, sir. You are an example – and we need more Americans who are willing to step up for their known (or unknown!) neighbor. It *takes a village.*

    The LGBTQ+ community is horrified at the atrocity that occured – there is no ‘taking sides’ to the horror of someone being raped. Full stop.

    It really boils down to this – while the LGBTQ+ community is striving to just be able to safely use the restroom, it’s opened a can of worms for those who will use it nefariously. More than two genders, more than two bathrooms…at the taxpayers expense. :/

    • 2021-10-29 at 12:31 pm

      Yes, we are addressing two different issues here with some overlap. First, we have a rapists repeating his behavior within a short period of time with school officials not taking action that would afford security for young female students. This is horrible in itself!

      Second, we have an expressed need by the LGBTQ community for youth who share in a less general identification. We have a concern, and well placed considering what happened here, that some will exploit these identities to engage in criminal behavior, had they been adults. Undoubtedly, this concerns both the LGBTQ community and the majority community.

      The importance should be “safety first.” No one should be afraid to attend a public school. These other issues will work themselves out, but it cannot happen with ramming policy or laws down the throats of parents. The table is empty and needs to be full with all parties present. This should NOT be a public meeting, rather, this should be a meeting during the day that includes representatives of parents (someone has to be at work during the day), and not some pseudo-representative group. Maybe grandparents can get involved in this situation (a tough group!). We have to be honest here or the same game will be played repeatedly and nothing will get done.

      All parties need to remember that yelling does not give their position any more weight than the other. Properly considered and expressed opinions and information will be much more powerful than empty assertions and heavy-handed tactics. The power should be in the vote. If officials will not represent their bosses’ needs, then vote the rascals out. The Board Members represent the people, not the other way around. If they fail in their representation, replace them! This applies to any elected official. This is power. The U.S. Constitution provides us with this authority. We need to take back our authority.

      I would strongly suggest that parents (and grandparents) find someone well educated in the English language (Masters or Ph.D. level) and allow such a person to assist them with the language necessary to convey powerful language to represent their opinions and suggestions. This will help to lessen the emotional dicta in the representations. Remember, Thomas Jefferson did some great things for us through the use of proper language.

      I wish you all the best and will keep you in my prayers.

  • 2021-10-28 at 10:02 am

    Some LCPS critics insist the defendant is gender fluid. They point to a skirt he was wearing during the rape. But a gender-fluid person wears a skirt when they’re feeling feminine & identifying as a female. They don’t wear a skirt when raping someone — a violent act of extreme male toxicity. I remain convinced the defendant being “gender fluid” is yet another myth of the critics — so they can act out their Theatre of the Absurd faux outrage on the national stage.

    • 2021-10-28 at 11:07 am

      Apologists, such as yourself, told everyone POINT BLANK that no “boy” would ever go through the humiliation of dressing up like a girl, just to get into the girl’s bathroom.

      Remember that? I certainly do.

      If we call somebody by the “wrong” pronoun? GOTCHA, you’re a trans phobe!
      If we call a boy wearing a skirt a trans-whatever? GOTCHA, you’re a trans phobe!

      That’s how it is with people like you. Always moving the goalposts. Always with the GOTCHAS!

      Who in the heck do you think you are to make definitive statements about this sexual predator’s thought process?
      Or which “gender” they were that day?
      Or asserting this is an issue of “male toxicity?”

      Were you there in the bathroom? Have you performed a psychological exam? Do you have access to law enforcement and court documents?

    • 2021-11-02 at 4:32 am

      Well said!!
      Yes, the “gender fluid” assertion is horse dump!
      There are facts, not available to the public, that have come out here. My position is that these representations are mere conjecture and not fact. The alternative would be that someone committed a crime by releasing information from an investigative file and a couple of people here are spreading these unverified facts. This concerns me.

  • 2021-11-02 at 4:34 am

    The Sheriff should be made aware of this problem and the State AG should be made aware of this problem as well.

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