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.