Former Loudoun School Counselor Pleads Guilty to Relationship with Student

A former Freedom High School counselor pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with one of her students.

Ann Marie Barrett, 42, of Ashburn, entered a guilty plea to one count of indecent liberties by a custodian in Loudoun County Circuit Court on Sept. 15, just days before a jury trial was scheduled to begin.

Barrett was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student she was a counselor for between July 1, 2013, and Feb. 9, 2015, according to court documents. The student is transgender and was going through the physical and hormonal transition process while attending Freedom High School.

Court documents say while he was a sophomore, Barrett invited him to go to a park with her and her daughter because it was a “wholesome activity” and he was hanging out with the wrong crowd. Barrett also invited the student to have dinner at her house where they cuddled on the couch while watching TV. This happened two or three times before it progressed to kissing and oral sex, according to the court filings. At the time of the sexual relationship, Barrett was 34 and student was 16.

The student spent many hours during the school day in Barrett’s office, even giving him a hall pass that allowed him to leave class anytime. However, according to court documents, she did not allow him to show physical affection while at school.

The relationship continued past his 18th birthday and throughout high school, ending while he was in his freshman year of college. Barrett ended the relationship, according to documents.

In May 2021, the student decided to tell a former teacher about the relationship with Barrett to ensure it wouldn’t happen to anyone else.

Indecent liberties by a custodian is a class 6 felony and carries a sentence of one to five years in in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.

Barrett is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 15.

5 thoughts on “Former Loudoun School Counselor Pleads Guilty to Relationship with Student

  • 2022-09-20 at 5:17 pm
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    The woman raped a child for three years and the plea deal is for a single Class 6 felony?
    You have got to be kidding me.
    Buta’s gotta be real proud of this one. She’s probably already tweeting about it.
    Loudoun will be a better, safer place when she is no longer the CA.

  • 2022-09-20 at 6:01 pm
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    This can’t be true. I’ve been told that no teacher/counselor indoctrinates Loudoun students.

  • 2022-09-21 at 12:48 am
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    Just to be clear (as it seems to come up all the time), no transgender people were involved in this story. FYI for future incidents, no transgender people are ever involved.

  • 2022-09-21 at 9:30 am
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    This is terrible. But by no means is it typical of LCPS. The vast majority of staffers are dedicated & hardworking. Their goal is to shape students into fine citizens for the future. Happy Rosh Hashanah Loudoun!

  • 2022-09-27 at 8:45 am
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    So is she a custodian or a councilor? Not that it makes any difference, a crime was committed.

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