Judge Rules Loudoun School Division Doesn’t Need to Release Sexual Assault Report

The school division won’t have to release the report on its handling of a sexual assault scandal, Circuit Court Judge James E. Plowman ruled today. 

Fight for Schools, the group organizing the removal effort against School Board members, sued for the report to be made public after the division refused to release it, citing FOIA exemptions.

The news comes a day after Fight for Schools sent a request to the FOIA Council requesting an advisory opinion on the division’s use of FOIA exemptions for Superintendent Scott Ziegler’s emails.

The report was prepared by the law firm Blankingship and Keith, which the division retained for legal counsel in the spring of 2021. Superintendent Scott Ziegler said on Nov. 5, 2021 that the firm would be conducting an “independent review” of the division’s handling of two sexual assaults in Ashburn high schools involving the same assailant. 

Attorney General Jason Miyares’ office is investigating the handling of assaults. Last week, news broke that a special grand jury had been impaneled for the investigation. 

8 thoughts on “Judge Rules Loudoun School Division Doesn’t Need to Release Sexual Assault Report

  • 2022-04-20 at 4:08 pm
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    I hope Fight for Schools will be chastened by this ruling. They rarely if ever have a nice word to say about Dr. Ziegler & LCPS. Perhaps they’ll be more expansive in their viewpoint. LCPS is doing splendidly, regardless of their constant criticism. All segments of society feel valued & that’s a good thing. Happy Earth Day Loudoun!

    • 2022-04-21 at 8:59 pm
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      Fight for Schools is a joke that operates in bad faith. It doesn’t have the best interests of LCPS children in mind — it’s run by a Trump administration operative and it has a far more sinister agenda to tear down public schools rather than improve them. Anyone associated with this group is by extension tainted and should be viewed as enemies of our children.

  • 2022-04-20 at 4:17 pm
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    Ridiculous ruling. Let’s hope the new VA AG gets to the bottom of this with his investigation.

  • 2022-04-20 at 5:21 pm
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    Why bother even having a FOIA if a single judge can state that a study paid for by public money on issues that effect the public can be withheld from review by the public. Plowman is a disgrace.

    • 2022-04-20 at 10:23 pm
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      Vote the SB out. They are not required to invoke privilege. Such privileges are designed to protect citizens or companies, not government bodies which REPRESENT US!!! If any school board member refuses to release a redacted report, simply vote them out. That includes Beatty and any other members who falsely claims “transparency”.

  • 2022-04-21 at 7:22 am
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    LCPS is not doing splendidly (Someone must be a politician or former board member with fake name and Facebook profile). This ruling is terrible, if they have nothing to hide release it. When someone doesn’t want people to see something they are hiding something. Hope Miyares crushes this Board and Superintendent.

  • 2022-04-21 at 12:25 pm
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    How can we protect our children or our children protect themselves if we don’t know what the criminal looks like. I would like to see his name and face in the news. Other criminal minors have their name and photo plastered in the news. Why is this specific individual being protected?

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