(HorizonPost.com) – In October 2021, Loudoun County Court Chief Judge Pamela Brooks convicted a 15-year-old male of sexual assault against two teenage girls in local school bathrooms. Although the judge initially ordered the teen to add his name to the Virginia adult sexual registry list, she changed her mind after arguments from defense attorneys, who argued that the punishment didn’t fit the crime. They also reportedly pointed out that prosecutors failed to file a written motion to have the teen placed on the registry ahead of the initial ruling. As a result, the teen was freed of the obligation to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, barring any future incidents.
Evidently, the first school transferred the perpetrator to another school after he assaulted his first victim, only for him to attack a second teen girl as well.
The teen had a trio of lawyers: William Mann, Caleb Kershner, who also is an elected member of Loudoun Co’s Board of Supervisors, and Jonathan Monroe. Kershner said the teen is being penalized and scrutinized because his case was at the center of “a national media outcry.”
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The families of the two victims are upset, making their feelings known through statements to the media.
One of the victim’s families, the Smiths, wrote to a local TV station stating the Loudoun Commonwealth’s attorney failed the victims in this case. The statement said Smith’s mother and father are “just heartbroken.”
The guilty party will enter a residential program for psychological evaluation in an attempt to rehabilitate the teen. However, once he gets out at the age of 18, he’ll be free to do as he pleases without the burden of appearing on the registry.
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