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UPDATE: Assault charge dismissed against Broad Run School Board candidate

The Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office on Oct. 31 dismissed a simple assault charge against Broad Run candidate for School Board Kevin Kuesters.

“I have maintained from the beginning my innocence. I was always confident that the charge would be dismissed and I am glad to see that my faith in the legal system has been rewarded,” Kuesters said in a statement.

According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Gigi Lawless the Code of Virginia dictates that police must make a mandatory arrest in domestic violence cases if there is probable cause to believe that a crime occurred.

“The allegation against Mr. Kuesters was immediately investigated by law enforcement and the responding deputy did not have sufficient evidence to charge Mr. Kuesters with an assault and battery,” Lawless said. “The responding deputy explained to Mrs. Kuesters his decision, based on the law and the evidence, to not seek charges against Mr. Kuesters. The deputy also informed Mrs. Kuesters of her option of going to the Magistrate and obtaining a warrant on her own.”

Charges were filed against Kuesters after his wife decided to obtain her own warrant, law enforcement said.

“It was my decision and mine alone to not pursue the charge against Mr. Kuesters as there was no prima facie evidence that an assault occurred. As a veteran prosecutor I determined that this case had no prosecutorial merit and I dismissed the charge without consultation with Mr. Plowman,” Lawless said.

After the charge was dismissed, Kuesters wife, Piper, also issued a statement.

“Kevin and I have been married for 20 years. During that time he has been a good husband and wonderful father to our children. There are a lot of false statements and speculation by people about what transpired, however, only he and I were there and only the two of us know the context of what happened. I fully support the Commonwealth’s decision to dismiss the charges against my husband, and our family is united in moving ahead and helping Kevin be elected to the Loudoun County School Board. Broad Run voters deserve a better choice and Kevin is the better choice.”

According to arrest documents, Piper Kuesters told deputies the couple were arguing at their Ashburn home about 10 p.m. Oct. 4 when she leaned into the passenger’s side of Kuesters’ vehicle.

In the report, she said that while she was leaning inside the car, Kuesters continued to yell at her and “without warning sped off” in the vehicle, “causing her to be dragged a short distance and fall to the ground.”

Kuesters’ wife suffered injuries to her left side, including bruising, scrapes and abrasions, according to the report.

Following the news of Kuesters’ Oct. 4 arrest, the candidate said he reached out to all groups supporting his campaign and reassured them of his innocence, but also offered to return any endorsement.

Kuesters said Educate Loudoun accepted his request and he returned the endorsement.

“I appreciate their initial backing and still support their platform of management reform, increased focus on long-range planning, and greater transparency within the LCPS,” he said.


Vote them all out. They want to buy property for a school, half the land is not useable and they are willing to pay 50% above market value!Kuesters sounds like a loser of the nth degree and I will investigate more for my own benifit. Incumbents OUT OUT OUT!!!

Kevin told all his friends the best money he ever spent was when he got Piper plastic surgery - how did they afford sending their kids to St. Theresa’s if they are in debt?    Really is he a positive role model for the school board-  NOT vote NO

Kevin is a good dancer!

Uh, Terri, you got the names backwards in your comment and you need to drop the wo from women while you’re at it.

Piper has a love for Clydes and partying and kevin loves ALL women and spending money he does not have - ask ourselves do we want this guy on the school board?

@ Timeforchange - Doctors LOVE plastic….(for payment that is!)

Can plastic surgery be charged on a credit card?

@Doug - You wrote “The School Board needs financial discipline”.  I looked up the bankruptcy details and Kuesters and his wife reported $105,000 in credit card debt on the application.  I understand the economy has caused many home values to decrease and people are underwater in their mortgages.  However how can you say Kuesters is a good example of financial discipline when his family had over $100k in credit card debt?

@Shawn in Leesburg:  I am suggesting that there may be extenuating circumstances that are contributing factors to Kevin’s situation, and others should not be so quick to jump to conclusions.  And yes, I do prefer someone with a financial background over lifetime educators who have never worked for a for-profit entity and lack the basic understanding of fiscal accountability.

I realize that LCPS still needs to purchase study materials.  However, I expect LCPS to spend our tax dollars as prudently as possible.  If the text book budget is being reduced for cheaper ebook devices such as Kindles, then that is a wise investment.  However, iPads are excessive and unnecessary.

@Doug, so you want someone who’s gone through bankruptcy to oversee a ten-figure budget?

As for the tablet computers, you do realize LCPS is going to need to spend money on either textbooks or tablets, right?

@nrcbtm1: The economic troubles our nation faces under the stewardship of the Chosen One has impacted many families is different ways. The School Board needs financial discipline.  Someone needs to stand up and fight asinine “investments” such as iPads.

The incident probably did occur as described by the wife.  This stuff happens all the time as tempers flair between separating and divorcing spouses.  My guess is he agreed to some concession to her in custody or support or property division so that she would issue that statement making him look acceptable to voters.

I take more issue with him sending all of his children to private school.  If he didn’t care enough about our public schools to allow his children to attend, I wouldn’t vote for him to have a seat on the school board.

@I wysh i cud new inglish, I know you’re waiting for a response, so here you go! The purposeful errors in your alias (which pointed more towards a beef with Kuesters’ spelling) were really a cry for proper syntax. Or the way he arranged his words to form a sentence. I getcha!
BUT, you absolutely missed my point. This article is about his charges being dropped, yet now that there is no issue… you go after grammar? That’s like Trump going after Obama for his birth certificate and switching over to his Harvard credentials after Obama produced the birth certificate.
You obviously have a bone to pick with Kuesters, so you’ll grab at straws. Hmmm, I wonder how many aliases you’ve used in this forum so far.
FYI - I’m not Kuesters, but am very much on his side. We knew the charges were lame, the deputies on the scene knew they were lame, and the CA determined they didn’t hold water either.
You wanna give lessons in grammar and syntax? Teach a class! I’d be more than happy to show up.

“Neither me nor my attorney had any contact…”

Did YOU go to school, rumble? And I will gladly accept the douche of the day award, if only to be in the company of you and Mr. Kuesters..unless you are the same person as I suspect.

I stand corrected, it’s Fox in Leesburg SB that’s part of the anti-staff “party.”

So now we’re left with a wife who’s changed her story radically over the past two weeks.

BTW, Shawn in Leesburg, Tom Reed is not running in Leesburg, he is the incumbent running against Ohneiser for the at-large position. Ken Reid is running for the Board of Supervisors in Leesburg. I believe Bill Fox is who you are looking for for school board in Leesburg.

With all due respect, Shawn in Leesburg, why use the term “wife-beating husband” when he clearly did not touch her? The reports are out there so why exaggerate?
I agree with some of your politics (Ohneiser and anti-staff “party”), but cannot agree with your take on this indvidual. I have to go on record as being an Indy who tends to lean more to the Left, but make an exception when it comes to Kevin Kuesters. I’ve personally given this guy the heads-up on what’s been going on over the past 8 years with these incumbent SB candidates and how they always fall in line with mastah Hatrick.
I can tell you point blank that Kuesters will not be Hatrick’s, Adamo’s, or anyone else’s bit@h… like the current school board members (with the exception of Ohneiser, or course). And that, folks, is what scares the current powers that be at our illustrious LCPS.

“I wysh i cud new inglish.” Really? Is that all you’ve got? The charges get dismissed and you come back grammar? Did you even spell check Kuester’s statement? Or were there some words in his statement that you didn’t understand and therefore assumed they were misspelled. Man, you are the definitive winner of today’s Douchebag Award. Congrats!!

The primary point here is that Mrs. Kuester filed for an arrest warrant based on her injuries.  Then the Kuesters admit that the wife was partially inside the car and he drove off!  What did he think, that she wouldn’t be injured in some way?  He clearly has a temper that blinded him to any common sense or decency that would tell most people “hey, as much as you want to floor it, buddy, ya better not do that or she could get hurt”.  That’s pretty scary, IMO.

@Ready to Rumble: I was being rhetorical/sarcastic. Basically, if we have a wife-beating candidate that wants to cut costs running against a Hatrick toadie that is personally decent, I hope all of us would vote for the Hatrick toadie. I do agree that the land acquisition process is strange at best (why pay 50% above market rate?) and so for this and other reasons, will be voting for Ohneiser in the At-Large election, leaning towards Reed in Leesburg District SB. The anti-staff “party” in the SB elections do deserve a turn at the helm.

@Yes..MOVE ON!: Well given that last week she was co-operating with LCSO (she could have just denied everything, and bam! No husband getting arrested), and now, suddenly, she is denying anything bad took place ... that does seem a bit odd.

Even with Gigi Lawless’ post (unfortunate name), explaining what happened, why did/does Mrs. Kuesters suddenly toe the “happy family and I support my husband 100%” line, less than a couple weeks after (1) calling LCSO (was it Mrs. Kuesters that called LCSO) and (2) seeking to get a magistrate to issue a warrant? I do believe that the CA Office did their best to avoid a conflict of interest, even though I plan on voting for Wexner next week.

Also, the LTM is hopefully verifying comments from people who are displaying themselves as public officials or representatives thereof.

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