Virginia school bus driver accused of assisting girl in rape

Image copyright ABC News Image caption Jason and Brittany Summers say a girl from Wethersfield High School attempted to grab them at an school bus stop A school bus driver in Loudoun County, Virginia,…

Virginia school bus driver accused of assisting girl in rape

Image copyright ABC News Image caption Jason and Brittany Summers say a girl from Wethersfield High School attempted to grab them at an school bus stop

A school bus driver in Loudoun County, Virginia, is accused of assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after allegedly helping another teenage girl rape another teenager on school property.

Jason and Brittany Summers say a girl from Wethersfield High School attempted to grab them at an end-of-the-school-year bus stop last week.

The girl, who authorities say was 15, allegedly sexually assaulted both of them.

Loudoun County sheriff’s deputies have charged the girl with assault and battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

“The victim’s mother took it to the principal,” Sheriff Chuck Jenkins told ABC News.

“The principal took it to the police department and the school resource officer took it to the sheriff’s office.”

He says the woman told police the girl’s family had showed up on campus with equipment to record on the bus and Mr Jenkins says she “played a role” in the matter, as well.

According to the boy’s and girl’s parents, their sons had attended the bus stop last Tuesday.

At one point the school bus stopped at the stop. The boys, while waiting, say they left the bus and sat in the opposite direction because they were concerned about the bus driver, Brittany Summers.

Mr Jenkins said the alleged sexual assault occurred in a school parking lot.

“The suspect followed these juveniles to the car park and waited for them as they got off the bus,” he said.

“She then offered her seat to the victim. The victim then proceeded to sit on her lap and began touching the victim on her body.”

After the assault, according to the parents of the 15-year-old, the girl boarded the bus and the driver contacted Mr Jenkins, who had also joined in the confrontation.

The sheriff says the district’s bus driver and safety and operations officer were both placed on paid administrative leave.

He said the alleged act is the second in less than two months, and the latest since December.

“We’re turning this into a criminal investigation,” the sheriff said.

“We’re looking for text messages and a whole bunch of evidence.”

The boy’s mother, who asked not to be named, told ABC News her sons feel uncomfortable on the school bus because of what they say happened.

“They just want to transfer, they want to go to public school. I’m going to do my best to help them that way.”

There was no answer at Wethersfield High School when ABC News tried to contact the principal.

A parent whose daughter was at the school when the alleged incident happened described the situation as ‘pretty outrageous’.

“We should all be glad that the authorities are looking into this,” she said.

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