The skirt-wearing Virginia schoolboy who sexually assaulted two classmates, sparking violent protests at school-board conferences, has been despatched to a residential remedy facility.
The 15-year-old boy — who isn’t being named due to his age — was on Wednesday additionally positioned on the sex offender registry for the remainder of his life after the stunning attacks in two separate Loudoun County colleges final 12 months.
Judge Pamela Brooks mentioned she had by no means earlier than made such an order in a juvenile case — however knew she wanted to after reviewing the outcomes of his psychosexual and psychological evaluations.
“Yours scared me,” she mentioned of the evaluations, with out elaborating on what they discovered.
“I don’t know how else to put it. They scared me for yourself. They scared me for your family. They scared me for society,” the choose admitted.
The boy — who was simply 14 on the time of the primary assault, and sporting an ankle monitor throughout the second — was additionally placed on probation till he’s 18. He wept and hung his head on the desk after being sentenced.
The choose mentioned her choice to ship the boy to a residential remedy facility quite than juvenile jail was made solely after the “very brave and generous” name from the victims and their households to get him assist.
The sufferer of his first assault, who was 14 when assaulted in a faculty rest room final May, instructed her abuser, “I could say you belong in a cell … I believe you belong in a program.”
The case sparked a political firestorm when Scott Smith, the daddy of the primary sufferer, was wrestled to the bottom and arrested at a fiery college board assembly in the progressive county.
Despite his official anguish at his daughter’s ordeal by the hands of the “scary” boy who was nonetheless free, Smith’s arrest was then used for instance of unruly dad and mom who have been likened to home terrorists.
It additionally led to quite a few calls for prime officers to stop or be fired amid claims of a coverup.
The Smiths had described the boy as “gender fluid.” That was by no means raised throughout his trial, though the court docket was instructed he was sporting a skirt on the time of the primary assault, in a rest room stall in Stone Bridge High School.
Smith instructed the court docket that Wednesday’s listening to was the primary time he had ever seen his daughter’s attacker, telling the boy, “You disgust me.”
But he added, “You could change. I don’t believe you’re a monster … I thought you’d look like a monster, but you don’t.”
The different sufferer, who was additionally 15, spoke of the trauma she has suffered because the assault final October.
She mentioned she had befriended the fiend despite the fact that he wore an ankle monitor in their Broad Run High School, the place he had been transferred to after his first assault 5 months earlier.
“Why me? Did I look like an easy target?” she requested him. “I feel like all of this has pushed me back into my shell I worked so hard to get out of.”
Before he was sentenced, the boy apologized to the ladies and their households, them straight however not saying their names. He mentioned he hadn’t realized how he had harm them till he heard their statements.
“I will never hurt anyone like this again,” he vowed.