The embattled school district in Virginia’s Loudoun County has another problem on its hands to add to the notorious ‘boy in a skirt’ rape case.
Cops in the county are now investigating ‘multiple’ incidents of a middle school boy groping other boys, the county’s sheriff’s office confirmed exclusively to DailyMail.com.
The alleged assaults all happened at Harmony Middle School in Hamilton, Virginia, sheriff’s spokesman Kraig Troxell revealed.
He said there was one complaint made on Wednesday and while investigating, officers found there have been several similar cases since the beginning of the week.
DailyMail.com understands the boy involved is a seventh grader at the school.
The incidents involve the boy ‘touching other students inappropriately over their clothing,’ Troxell said in a statement to DailyMail.com.
He said the sheriff’s school resource office learned of the first incident at the end of the school day on Wednesday.
‘At this time detectives have determined there are additional male students who were inappropriately touched by the same juvenile. Those incidents had not been previously reported to school officials or law enforcement.’
School district spokesman Wayne Byard said he had nothing to add to the sheriff’s statement.
Alecia Brand, who is serving as a spokesperson for the family of one of the Harmony victims, said: ‘The family is requesting privacy at this time while they seek legal counsel.
‘This is just another example of Loudoun County Public Schools focusing on political ideology and private interest group agendas instead of their most important jobs, safety and education.’
Students walked out of Loudoun County public schools on Tuesday in protest against the county’s handling of a rape allegation after a judge found the boy accused guilty
Students walked out of classrooms in multiple schools in the district as part of the coordinated protest
Scott Smith, the victim’s father, was pictured with a bloody mouth, being dragged out of a school board meeting on June 22 – a month after the attack – after listening to school officials say no one had been sexually assaulted in the bathrooms when that’s what his daughter had reported the previous month
The victim’s parents were ridiculed by the left after her father Scott Smith was pictured being dragged out of a school board meeting on June 22. They say they now feel vindicated
Brand also represents the family of the girl who was sexually assaulted by the ‘boy in a skirt.’
The new headache for the school board comes after public anger at the way it has handled the rape case at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia.
Juvenile court judge Pamela Brooks agreed with the charges – forcible sodomy and forcible fellatio – which is the juvenile court equivalent of a conviction in Virginia.
The boy, who has not been named because he is a minor, will return to court on November 15 for sentencing. He has also been charged with sexually assaulting another girl at a different school in the same Virginia school district in October.
Students walked out of their classrooms on Tuesday in a show of ‘solidarity’ for the victim.
Juvenile Court judge Pamela Brooks agreed with the girl and her parents, saying there was enough evidence to prove the teen boy – who is also charged in another sexual assault – forced himself on her
Some stood in front of their school, chanting: ‘Loudoun County Protects Rapists!’
The teenage victim’s father Scott Smith was dragged out of a school board meeting and arrested on June 22 after hearing members of the Loudoun County school board claim they’d received no reports of sexual assaults involving students in the bathrooms, when less than a month earlier, his daughter had reported just that.
He was later convicted of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Smith said the now-convicted rapist was ‘gender fluid’ and was allowed in the girls’ bathroom because of that.
His daughter, who admitted previously having sex with the boy in the bathrooms, said they had arranged to meet there again at lunchtime on May 28.
She said she went into a handicapped stall and he followed. She told him she was not in the mood for sex and he threw her on the floor and forced her to perform sex acts.
‘He flipped me over, she testified in court. I was on the ground and couldn’t move and he sexually assaulted me.’
He only stopped, she said when someone else went into the bathroom.
The row over transgender policies at Loudoun County schools has divided parents and teachers for months. Pictured, more parents at the June 22 meeting
Superintendent Scott Ziegler claimed on June 22 that he’d received ‘no report’ of a sexual assault in the school bathrooms. On May 28, the day it happened, he sent this email to colleagues confirming that it had been reported. ‘This afternoon, a female student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the restroom’
The boy told detectives in earlier statements that he ‘stopped’ because he knew he was ‘hurting the girl’, but he also claimed the sexual assault only happened when his ‘knee length skirt got caught on his watch’.
The boy’s attorney William Mann argued that because they’d had consensual sex before in the bathrooms, he was reasonable in assuming consent on May 28.
The judge disagreed. The boy is also facing another sexual battery charge on a different girl at a different school in the district. That case has not been resolved yet, and he will return to court on November 15 for sentencing.
The case became the tip of a raging debate in Loudoun County over transgender students’ rights and parents’ freedom of speech. The row culminated in the meeting when Smith was taken out of the room by a cop.
Schools’ superintendent Scott Ziegler sent an email to parents on the day the rape occurred to say the school was investigating but told the June 22 meeting: ‘To my knowledge, we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.’
The girl’s parents say they feel ‘relieved’ at the court’s findings but are demanding an apology from the National School Board Association for its characterization of parents who angrily protest woke school policies as domestic terrorists.
Loudoun County Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler apologized for failing to provide a ‘safe’ environment for students
After Monday’s verdict, the family released a statement through their attorney Bill Stanley saying: ‘We are greatly relieved that justice was served today.
‘No one should have to endure what this family has endured, and now their focus is completely upon their daughter’s health and safety as she progresses forward with her life.’
Smith said: ‘I am a father who cares deeply for his daughter, who would go to the ends of the earth to protect both her and other students who attend public school in Loudoun County from suffering what she has suffered due to the misguided social policies adopted by the school board.
‘I am not a “domestic terrorist.’
He was ridiculed and made to appear as a bigoted transphobe when it was not generally known at the time that his daughter had been assaulted.
Smith previously told The Daily Wire about the sexual assault, saying he felt he had no choice to reveal what happened after watching the school board dismiss it.
The school board initially claimed that no one who spoke at the June 22 meeting knew about the allegation because it was still being investigated by police.
Superintendent Scott Ziegler then issued an apology, saying he ‘misunderstood’ what he was asked when someone asked if there had been an assault in a bathroom, and that he assumed they meant an assault by a trans teen.
The scandal also gave life to the campaign of Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Glenn Youngkin, who is warning parents of the dangers their kids face in Virginia’s public schools unless he is elected.
The scandal also gave life to the campaign of Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Glenn Youngkin, who is warning parents of the dangers their kids face in Virginia’s public schools unless he is voted in in next week’s election.
He was trailing behind Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe but has since closed in on him.
Last week, Youngkin cited the case involving Smith’s daughter, saying: ‘What other tragedy awaits Virginia´s children?’