‘Horrific’: Dad livid when Loudoun Co judge rules convicted teen rapist won’t have to register as sex offender

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Loudoun County, Virginia, once again made the news as the transgender teen convicted of sexually assaulting two girls will not have to register on Virginia’s sex offender registry.

The outcome comes as a bit of a surprise, as Judge Pamela Brooks had previously ordered the 15-year-old teen to be placed on the registry, but now has reversed and overruled her own decision, ABC 7News WJLA reported.

The overturning apparently originated from Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney Buta Biberaj and her office, however, who did not file a required written motion on the request to put the teen on the lifetime sex offender registry. The new decision is final, and the teen will be off the registry for the two assaults.

Scott Smith, the father of one of the victims, expressed his deep dissatisfaction with the outcome:

“The decision is horrific. I mean, what is not disclosed in his sexual evaluation and his physical evaluation that scared the judge to the point that she ordered him on the sexual registry the first time. That should be enough the first time that it scared a judge enough to order that.”

The Smith family as a whole also released a statement on the ruling:

“My wife and I are not just heartbroken about today’s ruling, we are quite frankly mad at how the justice system and the Loudoun Commonwealth’s attorney has let down both our daughter, as well as the other victims of his predatory actions. The person who committed these horrible crimes against these three young women will not have to bear the shame at being known as a lifetime registered sex offender, as he was originally sentenced. Rather, we are now concerned more than ever that this change in his legal status may put other parents’ daughters at risk of harm in the future.”

 

Brooks acknowledged that she had made an error in accepting the oral motion without receiving a written motion. In her judgment, Brooks noted that the purpose of Juvenile Court is ostensibly rehabilitation. Brooks also noted that she was concerned about the teen’s psychology report, and cited a 2020 report that the defense entered into evidence that claims 95 percent of 12-to-17-year-old sex offenders who receive treatment don’t go on to re-offend, saying that the report had been taken into consideration in her final decision to not place the teen on the sex offender registry.

The teen was still found guilty, however, and was sentenced to complete a “residential program in a locked-down facility” and be on probation until he’s 18 years old. Prior to that, he will have to go before Brooks again to confirm that he has completed treatment and any other requirements of his probation.

The case comes in the wake of a long-running series of dramatic clashes between parents and officials on the Loudoun County School Board. The board had transferred the student to a second school despite being aware that he was facing trial for sexual assault at the first school. Outraged parents found out in October of 2021, and demanded answers. In the end, the district conducted an independent report – that it won’t release to the parents.

All of this comes on top of the battle in Loudoun over teaching critical race theory, invasive sexual surveys, and trans ideology. In Loudoun County, the drama never seems to end, and with the way serious crimes like sexual assaults are being handled, the outrage of parents isn’t likely to either.

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