Teen sentenced for intercourse assaults that sparked Loudoun County protests

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The skirt-wearing Virginia schoolboy who sexually assaulted two classmates, sparking violent protests at school-board conferences, has been despatched to a residential remedy facility.

The 15-year-old boy — who shouldn’t be being named due to his age — was on Wednesday additionally positioned on the intercourse offender registry for the remainder of his life after the surprising assaults in two separate Loudoun County colleges final yr.

Judge Pamela Brooks stated she had by no means earlier than made such an order in a juvenile case — however knew she wanted to after reviewing the outcomes of his psychosexual and psychological evaluations.

“Yours scared me,” she stated of the evaluations, with out elaborating on what they discovered. 

“I don’t know how else to put it. They scared me for yourself. They scared me for your family. They scared me for society,” the decide admitted.

The boy — who was simply 14 on the time of the primary assault, and sporting an ankle monitor throughout the second — was additionally placed on probation till he’s 18. He wept and hung his head on the desk after being sentenced.

Broad Run High School sign, Loudon County, Virginia.The Loudoun County teenager charged with sexual assault has been discovered responsible.Wikimedia / James H Dunning

The decide stated her resolution to ship the boy to a residential remedy facility quite than juvenile jail was made solely after the “very brave and generous” name from the victims and their households to get him assist.

The sufferer of his first assault, who was 14 when assaulted in a college toilet final May, advised her abuser, “I could say you belong in a cell … I believe you belong in a program.”

The case sparked a political firestorm when Scott Smith, the daddy of the primary sufferer, was wrestled to the bottom and arrested at a fiery college board assembly within the progressive county.

Pictured Stone Bridge High SchoolThe first assault was in a rest room stall in Stone Bridge High School.Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

Despite his professional anguish at his daughter’s ordeal by the hands of the “scary” boy who was nonetheless free, Smith’s arrest was then used for instance of unruly mother and father who had been likened to home terrorists.

It additionally led to quite a few requires prime officers to give up or be fired amid claims of a coverup.

The Smiths had described the boy as “gender fluid.” That was by no means raised throughout his trial, though the court docket was advised he was sporting a skirt on the time of the primary assault, in a rest room stall in Stone Bridge High School.

A man is detained after a fight broke out during a Loudoun County School Board meetingScott Smith was wrestled to the bottom and arrested at a fiery college board assembly.REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Smith advised the court docket that Wednesday’s listening to was the primary time he had ever seen his daughter’s attacker, telling the boy, “You disgust me.”

But he added, “You could change. I don’t believe you’re a monster … I thought you’d look like a monster, but you don’t.”

The different sufferer, who was additionally 15, spoke of the trauma she has suffered because the assault final October.

Elicia Brand leads a crowd of angry parents and community members in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner after a Loudoun County School Board meeting was halted by the school board because the crowd refused to quiet down, in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S. June 22, 2021.The assaults sparked violent protests at school-board conferences.REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinStone Bridge High SchoolThe attacked occurred at two separate Loudoun County colleges final yr.Wikipedia / @Vahurzpu

She stated she had befriended the fiend although he wore an ankle monitor of their Broad Run High School, the place he had been transferred to after his first assault 5 months earlier.

“Why me? Did I look like an easy target?” she requested him. “I feel like all of this has pushed me back into my shell I worked so hard to get out of.”

Before he was sentenced, the boy apologized to the ladies and their households, them immediately however not saying their names. He stated he hadn’t realized how he had harm them till he heard their statements.

“I will never hurt anyone like this again,” he vowed.

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