Fox News was informed by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) on September 10 that he had granted a father’s pardon for his objection to Loudoun County schools’ handling of sexual assaults.
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The 7 DMV newsletter is delivered every morning of the week and includes updates from Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) regarding the father’s pardon, as his arrest in connection with his daughter’alleged sexual assault at school has become a national symbol for the parents’ rights movement in schools.
The governor’s pardon, announced on Sunday, confirms that Smith is “actually innocent” of disorderly conduct.
Youngkin’s political maneuvering was deemed an unprecedented and inappropriate intervention in an active legal case by Buta Biberaj, the attorney for Loudoun County, who was later recused from Smith’S case.
During a time of intense political turmoil in education, the case gained national attention. The student’s assault on Smith’ daughter in her school bathroom, which was covered in t-shirts, caused controversy and led to questioning among local residents about the student being transferred to another school.
Until he reaches 18 years old, the teenager who will remain on the Virginia sex-offender registry will receive treatment at a residential treatment center and be placed on probation.
The pardon reveals that Smith, who was confronted by a community member at the board meeting and threatened to spread false and malicious rumors about his business, has been wrongly accused of hate crimes and domestic terrorism.
Youngkin stated on “Fox News Sunday” that they had rectified a mistake.
Youngkin criticized the dad for advocating for his daughter, noting that she should never have been prosecuted.
Biberaj stated that the video of the incident at the school board meeting revealed an officer who witnessed Smith threatening a woman, resulting in armed confrontations with the deputy and two other deputies being deployed to restrain Smith.
On Sunday, Smith expressed gratitude to the governor and stated in a written statement that the pardon is evidence of the Governor’s acknowledgement that justice has been politicized and weaponized. He also declared that he will continue to advocate for parents and their children who are affected by misguided school policies.
Smith had previously stated that his daughter’s assault was due to radical gender policies. He attended the board meeting in June 2021 because of his concern for her and other students’ safety, as well as the fact that he faced opposition from those who supported new bathroom policies and was unreasonably restrained by law-enforcement officers.
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Smith stated on Sunday that his daughter’s occurrence was a terrible tragedy that could have been prevented and would affect her for the rest of her life, while also condemning the actions of the school system and other agencies as abhorrent and unacceptable.
State Sen. William M. Stanley Jr. (R-Franklin) and Mike Joynes, who are representing Smith, his family, and all parents against the government’s attempt to pass a far-reaching agenda that prioritizes teaching children critical life lessons rather than actual behavior, issued clemency statements on Sunday.
According to Biberaj, Youngkin’s assertion that the case should never have been prosecuted sends a message that deputies were lying about the facts, magistrates issued arrest warrants incorrectly, and special prosecutor Stafford was engaging in wrongful prosecution.
Last year, a Virginia circuit court judge recused Biberaj from her case after his attorney requested disqualification for the same reason. Smith’s attorneys claimed that she was unfairly accused of being discriminatory towards him and other parents who opposed the school system’regular transgender policies.
The judge, as per Biberaj, appointed a Republican prosecutor to ensure public confidence in the case.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson was not available for comment on Sunday, as Stafford County’ attorney assumed control of the case after Biberaj recused himself.
The attorneys representing Smith claimed that his daughter was attacked by a “boy” who professed to be transgender fluid, but Biberaj refuted the allegation and maintained that it was false.
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A state grand jury report condemned the school system’s handling of two sexual assaults by a student. Youngkin and Attorney General Jason Miyares launched an investigation that concluded school administrators mishandled the response to assault cases in May and October 2021. The student was transferred to another high school after the first attack, and committed rape at the new school. However, the district’S superintendent, Scott Ziegler, lied during naysayer during his school board meeting when asked about the incident, even though he knew that an assault occurred in
Ziegler was dismissed in December, shortly after the report was made public, despite previously stating that he misunderstood the question during the board meeting and apologized for the way the incidents were handled.
Loudoun County Public Schools officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Sunday.
Smith stated on Sunday that he is not a domestic terrorist but rather preparing to go to great lengths to safeguard his daughter. He pledged to remain committed until his family is protected and fully compensated.