The father of a girl who was sexually assaulted in the bathroom of her Virginia school by a boy in a skirt spoke of his relief at being pardoned by the governor for disorderly conduct – and expressed his anger at having been charged in the first place.
Scott Smith went viral in June 2021 when he was thrown to the ground by police and dragged out of a school board meeting on transgender issues.
His daughter had been attacked in the girls’ bathroom, and when he raised the issue, chaos ensued. He was then sentenced to 10 days in prison for disturbing public order.
On Monday, Smith told Fox News he wasn’t angry at the school board, but at a “radical” woman at the meeting.
Smith said he called the woman a swear word and she threatened to “ruin” him via social media. That sparked the brawl that saw him arrested and charged by a George Soros-backed prosecutor – who was later dropped from the case.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin pardoned Smith last week for his crimes in the incident.
Scott Smith is pictured Monday speaking to Fox News about the June 2021 affair
Smith was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. He said he tried to contain himself after teachers falsely claimed they had not received reports of sexual assaults in girls’ bathrooms.
The father was beaten and bloodied after being kicked out of the Loudoun County school board meeting in June 2021.
“I never spoke to the school board. This whole thing is really flawed,” he told Fox.
“I was sitting in my little corner and a radical protester came, and I heard these screams behind me and I turned around, and it was my wife and her, I didn’t even know my wife was there . She came in behind me.
“So I stepped in and tried to explain to this lady what was going on. She looked me in the face and said, “That’s not true, that’s not what happened.” You lie.”
The police intervened to separate them and Smith was handcuffed and dragged outside.
Smith condemned the local prosecutor for filing charges against him, and the Justice Department for using him as a scapegoat for all the tensions across all school boards – leading to reports of a threat of “domestic terrorists” during meetings.
He called the prosecutor, Buta Biberaj, “one of the nastiest people I have ever met.”
Buta Biberaj spoke out against Youngkin’s decision to pardon Smith: Smith called it ‘nasty’ on Monday
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said “Mr. Smith did what any father would do” in granting a formal pardon
Biberaj opposed Friday’s pardon of Smith by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin. She said the pardon was a “political coup” and an “inappropriate and unprecedented intervention into an active court case.”
Biberaj also accused Youngkin of making “judge and jury” over herself and others responsible for the affair.
Smith told Fox she should be removed from office.
“Unfortunately, I had to deal with her dealing with the prosecution of my daughter’s sexual predator,” Smith said.
“We have to eliminate it.”
The Stone Bright High School student who attacked his daughter then attacked another girl at another school.
The case has become emblematic of the culture wars of 2021 and the extremely tense school boards that have resulted.
Youngkin, the Republican governor, said Sunday that Smith should not have been charged.
“We righted a wrong,” Youngkin said. “He should never have been prosecuted here. He was a father defending his daughter.
“Her daughter had been sexually assaulted in a school bathroom and no one did anything.
“This was a serious miscarriage of justice.”
Smith, pictured with his wife Jessica, faces prison time for his protest against the sexual assault of his daughter at Stone Bright High School in Pennsylvania.
Youngkin said the school had “covered up” and told Fox that parents should have the final say over their children’s education.
“Mr. Smith did what any father would do, what any parent would do, which is stand up for his child,” Youngkin told Fox News on Sunday.
“I spoke with Mr. Smith on Friday and I had the privilege of telling Mr. Smith that I would forgive him, and we did that on Friday.”
In the May 2021 attack, Smith’s daughter was tackled to the ground and assaulted by the boy inside the toilet, with a teacher later testifying that she saw two pairs of feet but did not see them. had not intervened.
The boy was still at large three hours after the attack, during which time principal Tim Flynn attempted to obtain a restraining order against Scott, who had arrived at the school.
The student, who was wearing a skirt the day of the attack, was allowed into the bathroom because he told staff he identified as a woman.
School policy allowed him to use the girls’ restroom.
The suspect was not arrested until two months later, but still sexually assaulted another girl at another school, Broad Run High School, on October 6. The teenager was later found guilty in juvenile court.
From sexual assault to conviction: timeline of a teenager in a skirt
May 28: A 15-year-old boy, wearing a skirt, allegedly sexually assaulted a classmate in the girls’ bathroom. She reports it to the director. Superintendent Scott Ziegler emails colleagues confirming this has been reported
June 22: Scott Smith, the victim’s father, was dragged out of a school board meeting with a bloody mouth and arrested after hearing school officials say no one had been sexually assaulted in the bathroom after his daughter reported it.
July 6: Detectives call the boy’s mother to report his impending arrest. She drove him to the police station herself, and he spent the next two weeks at the nearby Leesburg Juvenile Detention Center.
October 6: The 15-year-old changes schools and allegedly drags another girl into a classroom and touches her inappropriately. The police were called and he was arrested the same day
October 25: A teenager is found guilty of the May 28 sexual assault at Stone Bridge High School. Judge ‘substantiated’ charges of forced sodomy and forced fellatio, juvenile equivalent of conviction
October 26: Students organize a strike outside their classrooms as a sign of “solidarity” for the victim. Some stood outside their schools chanting, “Loudoun County protects the rapists!”
November 15: A teenager in a skirt pleads not satisfied with the sexual assault of a friend
January 13 : The boy is convicted for both cases