(AbsoluteNews.com) – In 2021, a vicious crime in Loudoun County, Virginia, caused a firestorm around the country. A 14-year-old allegedly sexually assaulted one of his classmates. The victim’s family worked with prosecutors to come up with a punishment they thought was fair but a judge destroyed the agreement.
The teenage boy, now age 15, was convicted of assaulting a classmate in the bathroom at Stone Bridge High School. After he assaulted her, the school district allowed him to transfer schools where he then sexually assaulted another female student. The parents of the first victim fought to keep him out of jail because they wanted him to receive treatment. However, the agreement was contingent upon a lifetime requirement that he register as a sex offender.
On January 27, Loudoun County Judge Pamela Brooks granted a request by the convicted rapist’s defense team to drop the requirement that he add his name to the adult sex offender registry.
BREAKING: Teen responsible for two sex assaults at high schools in Loudoun County will NOT have to register for adult sex offender registry. Juvenile court judge reconsidered her initial ruling and disposition — teen will remain on probation until 18th birthday. pic.twitter.com/Vl9wISoUeb
— Neal Augenstein (@AugensteinWTOP) January 27, 2022
Brooks ruled she’d made a mistake during the proceedings by accepting an oral, not written, motion.
Scott Smith, the father of the first victim, told WJLA the judge’s ruling was “horrific.” He later released a joint statement with his wife, saying they were heartbroken and angry by the way the justice system and the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney let down their daughter and his other victims.
The Loudoun County school district is accused of covering up the rape cases. Virginia’s new Republican attorney general, Jason Miyares, has vowed to investigate the case.
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