(RepublicanInformer.com)- The skirt-wearing teenage boy who was convicted of two sexual assaults at two separate Loudoun County high schools will not have to register as a sex offender after the judge in the case reconsidered her initial ruling.
The 15-year-old boy was found guilty of two counts of sodomy related to a May 28 incident at Stone Bridge High School and an October 6 incident at Broad Run High School.
As part of sentencing, Commonwealth Attorney Buta Biberaj had asked that the boy be placed on the adult sex offender registry until he turned thirty for the well-being of the community.
On January 12, Judge Pamela Brooks initially agreed with the prosecution. However, on Friday, the judge reversed her decision, saying she erred in her initial ruling.
Judge Brooks said she never placed a minor on the sex offender registry before, but the boy’s psychological evaluation had deeply disturbed her. But citing a probation officer’s testimony at last week’s hearing that placing minors on the adult sex offender registry leads to “greater rates of recidivism,” the judge reconsidered.
The teen’s attorney, all of whom serve on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, had requested a reversal of the sentence, arguing that the sentencing could destroy his life, “setting him up for failure.”
However, Judge Brooks upheld the ruling to keep the teen on supervised probation at a juvenile treatment center until he turns eighteen.
In response to the news, Scott Smith, one of the victim’s fathers, released a statement expressing heartbreak at the ruling and saying Biberaj had “let our daughter down.” Smith argued that the ruling could potentially place other girls at risk from the teen’s “predatory actions.”
In his statement, Smith said his family remains committed to making sure “justice prevails.”
After allegations of a cover-up, Loudoun County Public Schools initially denied any knowledge of the incidents. Parents demanded the resignation of superintendent Scott Ziegler and other board members.
Virginia’s new Attorney General, Jason Miyares, recently announced that his office will investigate Loudoun County Public Schools regarding the allegations that the district covered up the incidents while pushing its transgender bathroom policy.