Virginia Governor Grants Pardon to Father Convicted for Confronting School Board Over Daughter’s Assault

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Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has granted a pardon to Scott Smith, a father who was prosecuted and convicted for confronting the Loudoun County School Board over his daughter’s sexual assault at school. In 2021, Smith’s daughter was assaulted by a male student wearing a skirt in a girls’ bathroom at Stone Bridge High School. The school board was accused of attempting to cover up the incident and subsequently voted against releasing an independent report on the handling of the assaults.

Governor Youngkin stated that the perpetrator was later moved to another school where he assaulted another young woman, calling it a “gross miscarriage of justice.” Smith, who was arrested during the emotional encounter at the school board meeting, had his conviction of resisting arrest eventually dismissed. Youngkin’s pardon now eliminates the need for Smith to appeal his disorderly conduct conviction.

Smith’s case has drawn attention to the larger issue of the handling of sexual assault cases in Loudoun County. The Smith family is reportedly preparing to file lawsuits against county officials.


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