Special Grand Jury Impanelled for AG’s Office Investigation of Loudoun Schools

A special grand jury has been convened amid the Attorney General Jason Miyares’ investigation into the Loudoun County school division’s handling of a sexual assault scandal. 

The school division released a statement through Public Information Officer Wayde Byard this morning regarding the special grand jury, sharing that LCPS intends to cooperate “with the lawful requests of the special grand jury, while protecting the privacy rights of our students to the extent permitted by law and in accordance with all applicable legal privileges.”

The impanelment of the nine-member grand jury was conducted April 7 by Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge James E. Plowman, sources said. Theo Stamos, a former Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney who is serving as special counsel to the AG’s office, was present.

The action came a day after Gov. Glenn Youngkin offered an amendment to a bill seeking to move Loudoun’s School Board elections to November, shortening the terms of seven local elected officials by one year.

Miyares announced the investigation into the Loudoun County School Board on Jan. 15, coinciding with Youngkin’s executive order, asking the Attorney General’s office investigate the assaults. Youngkin campaigned largely on education issues, and frequently pointed to the School Board’s handling of the assaults.

In Virginia, special grand juries may be impaneled by a circuit court at any time upon its own motion, upon recommendation of a minority of the members of a regular grand jury, or upon request of the attorney for the commonwealth to investigate and report on any condition that involves or tends to promote criminal activity and determine whether to issue criminal indictments.

The panels may subpoena witness and documents. Witnesses are permitted to be represented by counsel during their appearances. Following the investigative phase, which is expected to take several months, if a majority of at least five jurors vote to issue an indictment, the case would then be presented to a regular grand jury with the authority to move a case to move forward to adjudication in Circuit Court. The state code provides a six-month deadline for a special grand jury to complete its work, although it may be extended if the judge finds it is continuing to make progress.

Attorney General spokeswoman Victoria LaCivita declined to comment.

In its statement, the school division pointed to steps taken to enhance the Title IX office, including hiring a new Title IX coordinator and expanding the Office of Division Counsel.

A Similar special grand jury process was used in 2013 after a citizen group brought allegations that then-Sterling District Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio had illegally used the resources of his county-funded constituent office for campaign purposes. Following a four-month investigation, the panel issued a 19-page report recommending no charges, but suggesting changes to state law to extend prohibitions for the conduct to part-time government employees, including county supervisors. Stamos was the special prosecutor appointed to lead the investigation of that case.

17 thoughts on “Special Grand Jury Impanelled for AG’s Office Investigation of Loudoun Schools

  • 2022-04-13 at 11:04 am

    This long overdue! The residents of Loudoun and their children need to know who is responsible for the egregious actions surrounding the sexual assaults in Loudoun County schools last year and the shameful actions taken to suppress information about those events.

  • 2022-04-13 at 11:12 am

    I see this as more mudslinging. Miyares has been on a fishing expedition since he was elected. He actually declared LCPS guilty of a coverup before he even embarked on his “investigation.” If I see evidence that anyone at LCPS acted malevolently, of course I’d call for their resignation. But such evidence hasn’t been forthcoming. Happy Passover Loudoun!

    • 2022-04-13 at 8:39 pm

      So you don’t consider:

      1. Joining a private Facebook group in violation of open meeting laws
      2. Several members of said group called for malicious acts to be taken against people who even remotely question their ideology
      3. Wanting to teach that the color of your skin determines if you are an oppressor or oppressed, rather than the content of one’s character as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., professed
      4. Demanding equal outcome without appropriate effort as a “corrective action” to item 3 rather than allowing the students who excel and need the academic push to continue to soar while empowering the teachers to try something different with the students who are falling behind
      5. Failing to take appropriate actions against a student who committed sexual assault by transferring said student to another school where that student repeated the act against another student and then trying to cover it all up when the father of the first victim showed up to speak at a school board meeting only to have said meeting’s public commentary closed and having him arrested when he became irate that he could not have his say

      to be acting malevolently?

      It’s only mudslinging to you because it hits the target and exposes the leftists and the dangers of allowing them to come to power.

    • 2022-04-15 at 7:55 am

      Tim equates criminal activity to mudslinging….hahahaha

  • 2022-04-13 at 1:52 pm

    Is malevolently the standard? What about decisions ignoring procedures and options already in place for decades? Prior Superintendents and prior school boards established Douglas School to handle troubled students and students in trouble? Very low student to teacher ratios, counseling available and temporary programs to help the student is why Douglas School was set up as many cases make it untenable for a student to stay in their current school until the issue got sorted out. WHY was this not the obvious choice needs to be understood prior to looking into why transferring to Broad Run was a good idea in my opinion. 🙂

  • 2022-04-13 at 1:54 pm

    LCPS has existed as a criminal cartel for the last 10 years. Many of them should be in jail. Just review the depositions given by LCPS officials and you could prosecute many for perjury.

    We see a common refrain from Democrats like Tim Smith (aka Beth Barts) above. They support suppressing evidence from the public’s view. They advocate retaliation. Then, they claim there is “nothing to see here” because all criminal evidence is hidden. If they have even a remote interest in justice (remember their calls for “equity” and “justice”), they would advocate showing all the cards and letting them fall where they may.

    Note that LCPS is composed of employees who work for US as taxpayers. If the school board had any ethical members (yes, that includes Andrew “I’m just here to protect and reward my family member LCPS employees” Hoyler), they would waive any “legal privilege” in the public interest. Citizens have constitutional rights like the 5th amendment. LCPS employees can invoke those same rights if they committed criminal actions …. AFTER they are fired. But there is absolutely no justification whatsoever for a PUBLIC entity to invoke legal privileges when they work for us, the taxpayers. For that reason alone, every single official should be replaced. It’s not as if Youngkin had no clue about what the evidence would show when he asked for new elections this fall. Once this special grand jury finishes, folks will be asking how anyone could possibly object to a total purge and new election.

  • 2022-04-13 at 3:16 pm

    Does the GOP have any other tricks besides grandstanding?

    Grandstand. Over. Principles.

    Oh wait, I remembered one- Grift.

    Grift. Over. Principle

  • 2022-04-13 at 3:47 pm

    May this be the first of many legal actions taken against the LCPS cesspool.

  • 2022-04-13 at 5:08 pm

    Timsmith, you haven’t seen any evidence because there has not been investigation. Let the grand jury investigation play out.

    • 2022-04-15 at 9:02 am

      There was an “investigation”, but the Ziegler decided not to reveal the findings. And this was by investigators selected by Ziegler.

  • 2022-04-14 at 4:23 am

    In order to actually see what evidence may exist, it needs to be publicly disclosed. It is unfortunate that the LCPS is causing the need for this investigation. The so-called fishing expedition is a direct result of their obfuscation.

  • 2022-04-14 at 7:54 am

    Youngkin and his merry band of cultural warriors are at it again. They could be working to improve Virginia but old Glenn would rather exploit divisions in hopes of getting a VP nod or better in 2024. Basing your political future on bashing public schools is an arrogant choice coming from a guy who sent his kids to a fancy private school.

    • 2022-04-14 at 10:03 pm

      Getting rid of this school board IS improving Virginia. Also, did you ever think that the reason Gov. Youngkin sent his kids to private school is because the public school system, run by Democrats and boards like ours, have absolutely destroyed public schools in America? Our national standing has dropped year after year, kids cannot read or write, and the teachers are revising history to suit their own agendas. So, let’s let Gov. Youngkin do his thing and improve life here in Virginia.

  • 2022-04-14 at 8:17 am

    LCPS facilitated a second sexual assault by reassigning a sexual predator to another school where he committed a second sexual assault. Then LCPS lied repeatedly to cover up their actions.
    The overlords running our schools have abused their power and children were hurt.
    Resignation is not sufficient. Jail time?

  • 2022-04-15 at 8:00 am

    Maybe finally someone will be held accountable for the tremendous fraud perpetrated by lcps, Loudoun’s commonwealth attorney, Loudoun naacp chapter, “Dr.” Zigler and his sychophants like tim smith. hopefully a very thorough, complete, objective fact-finding team can get to the truth of this all and report out to the public that is forced to pay for this fraud and corruption.

  • 2022-05-14 at 1:48 pm

    Loudoun Now has been very fair in reporting generally and a lot of the allegations against the current School Board would never have reached daylight or exposure without Loudoun Now.

    My own observation regarding the pattern of wrongdoing by the current School Board is that accountability is necessary in the courts only because of the clear and consistent abuse of parents who disagree with them by the School Board.

    Thank you for the reference to absurd allegations brought against me by extremist Democrats and partisans who had no basis for false allegations back in “2013”.

    For the record, I respectfully take issue with this quote “A Similar special grand jury process was used in 2013……….Stamos was the special prosecutor appointed to lead the investigation of that case.”

    In summary, the extremist Democrats who control Loudoun Government now, were out of power at the time (2013) and repeatedly pushed various Republican office holders, the courts, prosecutors to investigate and prosecute me as Sterling Superivsor, six times on several fronts with false and fabricated allegations eventually dismissed. I don’t want to broad brush here, but some self interested extremists did manipulate the legal and poltical process. I had fair treatment in the courts and with great legal representation when allowed.

    Four criminal investigations began following the false publication of allegations in the
    Washington Post after an interview with them (I have the 2 hour tapes publicly posted).

    In lay terms, the first of 4 criminal or ethical investigations conducted by various parts of the Loudoun government took place and finished with a published report in the Washington Post without me ever being informed of it. The 2nd “criminal investigation” resulted in the dismissal of the lawyers in charge of the investigation over a conflict of interest. The 3rd “criminal investigation” was based on the same allegations by self-interested former candidates against me and ended with a frustrated liberal grand jury foreman who “leaked” the false allegations as true to liberal newspapers.

    Also during this time, the (4th) Federal Bureau of Investigation refused to investigate me for these false allegations. That’s four failed criminal investigations. Then came the petitions filed
    which closely resembled the criminal allegations posted in the newspaper. The date on all the “removal petitions” was months prior to the grand jury so there was clear collusion with the grand jury on this political conspiracy run by self interested former and current Democrat candidates for public office.

    The 5th “investigation” was a political trial for political purposes in which my attorney was not allowed to speak or respond to false allegations conducted by the board of supervisors. Being a public official, Roberts Rules of Order prevails, not the Constitutional protections in place in the courts. So be it.

    During the 6th formal political “removal trial”, the judge ruled on a motion from my attorney full access to the grand jury proceedings. We found and the court agreed both the grand jury and removal petitons were somehow politically motivated and managed. In the end and after 2 years of carefully documenting most of the serious allegations about my fundraising as false and without foundation to the Judge and to the court, the prosecutor agreed with my attorney’s motion to dismiss the case and the Judge granted a dismissal. The Board of supervisors reimbursed my legal bills 100 per cent but politically the years long attack had its intended impact with my defeat in 2015 by 200 votes.

    To give one example of a false allegations made by Democrats and some in the media then and even today about me: Democrats and some media publications frequently claim I used my office to raise money for Public Advocate
    Response then and today:
    My group Public Advocate posts its audited financial disclosure forms publicly and no solicitiations have occured in the mail, on the phone or in person in the northern Virginia region in the time period of my 16 years of public office, according to those posted audits and IRS disclosures. Democrats alledged that I ordered staff to make phone calls from my office for Public Advocate.

    Response: An independent foresic study of all phone calls made from my Supervisor office presented to the court showed no phone calls (none) were made on behalf of Public Advocate ( My group PA has a consistent $1.7 million annual budget)

    Six times these issues were pursued and the false allegations were conclusively refuted, but liberal Democrats continue to raise them without foundation.

    In contrast to the current legal issues surrounding the School Board and those who assist the school board in other public offices in squelching public comment or any involvement of Loudoun County parents, the witchhunt against me in no way is similar to the today’s years long injustices visited against hundreds of innocent parents and honest citizens simply excercising their first amendment right to demand accountability in good government. In spite of the frequent public beatings I took, the current horrific treatment of private citizens seeking representation and a fair hearing is GRUESOME.

    Persecuting hundreds of parents with doxing and arrests and referals to federal law enforcement for investigation as domestic terrorists is not a routine practice until this current liberal regime got power.

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