Virginia AG-elect vows to investigate Loudoun after sheriff’s letter says school district enabled assault

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Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares vowed to investigate the Loudoun County actions surrounding two sexual assault allegations brought forth in the county.

“We know that two female students were sexually assaulted at Loudoun High Schools,” he tweeted Tuesday. “It is absolutely critical that we find out what the LCSB did and didn’t do. Virginia parents deserve answers. And during my administration, I plan to uncover the truth.”

Virginia Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares speaks during a campaign rally at the Nansemond Brewing Station on Oct. 25, 2021 in Suffolk, Virginia. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Virginia Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares speaks during a campaign rally at the Nansemond Brewing Station on Oct. 25, 2021 in Suffolk, Virginia. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

His comments came in response to a letter in which Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman raised questions about the independent review commissioned by the county.

“While I believe an independent review would be helpful, I have concerns of the legitimacy of such a review conducted at your direction,” Chapman wrote. “As the Attorney General is accountable to the citizens of Virginia, I feel an Attorney General review is the most objective way to move forward on this issue.”

Loudoun County School Board members vote to enact Policy 8040 during a school board meeting at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building on Aug. 11, 2021 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Loudoun County School Board members vote to enact Policy 8040 during a school board meeting at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building on Aug. 11, 2021 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

In his letter, Chapman suggested that the school board enabled the second sexual assault.

noted that Superintendent Scott Ziegler knew about the May 28 assault at Stone Bridge High School “the day it occurred,” and he noted that Juvenile Intake notified Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) of the student’s arrest on July 9.

Chapman added, “despite knowing the serious nature of the offense, LCPS decided to place this individual back into [another] high school population” and “the consequences of that decision resulted in a second student being victimized by the same defendant” on Oct. 6 at Broad Run High School. 

LCPS did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. Ziegler and Chapman did not immediately respond to requests for comment either. 

In another letter, Ziegler suggested Chapman may not have properly notified the school system. In his responding letter, Chapman noted that the Code of Virginia requires law enforcement to report “offenses” and not “arrests.” 

“This offense was reported to the LCPS the day it occurred as evidenced by your email on May 28, 2021,” Chapman wrote, referencing a letter in which Ziegler notified the school board about the incident.

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