Teacher accused of raping minor still working 1 year later, minor’s family sues

Virginia

A 14-year-old is alleging a faculty member at Trailside Middle School in Ashburn raped her in the spring of 2018. Now, her family is suing after they say the school system mishandled her case.

In a statement released to Loudoun County families over the weekend, the school system says the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Loudoun County Family Services Department, and Loudoun County Public Schools investigated her allegations, and the Loudoun Commonweath Attorney’s Office ultimately declined charges in the case.

The family’s attorney, Fenlene Edrington, says the school system will not provide her with copies of the investigation’s findings.

Edrington says the school system suspended the student after she, “continued to talk to her teachers about the rape.” 

“In short, LCPS informed this family, your straight-A student who has never had behavioral problems at school has accused her teacher of raping her,” said Edrington in a statement to WDVM. “We investigated this matter and concluded your child is lying. We will NOT provide you a copy of the investigation. When the child continued to talk to her teachers about the rape, LCPS suspended her.”

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