Loudoun County says it's withholding sexual assault investigation report to avoid 'retraumatizing' victims

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The Loudoun County School Board laid out on Friday a series of measures to prevent future sexual assaults and said releasing the results of its recent investigation would be illegal as well as risk re-traumatizing those involved.

Earlier this week, a judge sentenced a Loudoun County teenager charged with sexual assault at two separate high schools. The judge found the boy guilty on Wednesday, and ordered him to register as a sex offender, something she said she had never done to a minor before. He will be on supervised probation until his 18th birthday and placed in a residential treatment facility.

"First and foremost, the report cannot be released because the privacy of the families involved must be protected," a school board press release on Friday read, referring to the conclusion of an investigation into how it handled the two high-profile allegations.

"The national interest in this investigation would preclude any chance of allowing the families to heal in private and to move forward with dignity. The Division and our Board believe we must do whatever we can to avoid retraumatizing the students and the families involved in the incidents. Furthermore, the Division is legally obligated to protect student confidentiality. This decision was also based on the advice of legal counsel, which determined that the report falls under the protections of the attorney-client privilege."

Fox News Digital noted on Thursday that the school district refused to release the report — a move that will likely provoke further criticism as some, including the county sheriff, have ac... (Read more)