Another disturbing allegation of sexual misconduct is being lodged in Loudoun County, Virginia.
This time, a school counselor employed by Loudoun County Public Schools has been accused of having an “inappropriate relationship” with a student, the Daily Caller reports.
The development comes by way of a statement released by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
“The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Loudoun County Public School Counselor with taking indecent liberties with a child by a custodian,” police said.
What we know
The counselor who is now facing criminal charges has been identified as 42-year-old Ann Barrett, who lives in Ashburn. Police said Thursday that she “turned herself in to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center this afternoon.”
She has since been released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center after posting a $10,000 bond.
According to Fox 5 DC, the school district and police were first made aware of the accusation last spring. Police in Loudoun County said they “immediately began investigating, concluding with obtaining the charge this week.”
Fox 5 DC reports that the “inappropriate relationship,” as police are calling it, occurred “between 2013 and 2015 when the victim was a student at Freedom High School, where Barrett served as a school counselor.”
A disturbing pattern
This is just about the last thing Loudoun County parents probably wanted to hear about right now. The county has been the venue for a number of sexual misconduct allegations recently involving schoolchildren.
The most well-known case involves a girl who was sexually assaulted by another student in her high school’s bathroom. The Loudoun County school board initially claimed it wasn’t aware of the incident after being confronted by the victim’s father, but reports later claimed they’d worked to cover it up.
On top of this, another sexual assault case out of a Loudoun County middle school remains ongoing. According to a report from the Daily Mail, a seventh-grade boy from Harmony Middle School was allegedly caught “touching other students inappropriately over their clothing.”
Jason Miyares, who was elected to serve as the next attorney general of Virginia earlier this week, said he plans to keep a close eye on these cases to ensure justice is served.