Broad Run High School

Teen accused of groping a student at Virginia high school had charges pending in a sexual assault at another school

Oct. 15, 2021
The boy who allegedly assaulted a student last week at a Loudoun County district high school was already facing charges in an attack that occurred in May at a different school.

A high school student in Loudoun County, Va., accused of sexually assaulting a female at one school, has been charged with groping another at a different school.

NBC News reports that the first incident allegedly occurred in May at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, and the second happened this month at Broad Run High School, also in Ashburn.

A parent speaking at a school board meeting this week said the boy suspected in the assaults was allowed to transfer to Broad Run after the first incident. Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj says the teen has been charged in both incidents, WTOP reported. The teen was on electronic monitoring at the time of the second incident.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office says it was alerted to the first assault on May 28 by a school staff member and began investigating. The boy, then 14, was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy.

A judge ordered that the teen be placed on electronic monitoring; the case is pending.

The second alleged assault occurred on Oct. 6, the sheriff's office says.

The suspect, now 15, is accused of forcing the victim into an empty classroom where he held her against her will and inappropriately touched her. He was charged with sexual battery and abduction.

The school district said in a statement that it cannot disclose details about any specific student because of privacy laws. The statement also noted that the district cannot discipline a student without following a grievance process that includes an investigation but can "impose interim measures to protect the safety of students involved in the original incident."

The district's handling of the incidents sparked a contentious debate at this week's board meeting.

A parent demanded the board resign and accused them of allowing "the same sexual predator … to sexually assault another student."

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