An indecent liberties charge against a Loudoun County Public Schools teacher has been dismissed, according to court documents.
Kimberly L. Winters, 30, of Sterling, was arrested in late 2018 after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student at Park View High School. The allegations included a sexual relationship.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Joshua Steward said there was a lack of “sufficient evidence to corroborate the allegations" against Winters.
On Nov. 9, 2018, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office sought charges against Winters based on allegations from a graduate of Park View High School who alleged that he had a sexual relationship with Winters while he was a juvenile. The allegations were asserted to be supported by the graduate’s phone and e-mail records, according to Westlake Legal Group, which represented Winters. The accuser’s mother also claimed that she had copies of supposed incriminating phone and e-mail records.
Investigations by Westlake and the commonwealth, including forensic analysis of both the graduate’s and Winters’ cell phones, e-mails and internet records, found no evidence of criminal conduct with the graduate while he was a juvenile and revealed only limited contact, which appeared to be school related. When confronted with the lack of support for the allegations, the graduate’s mother said she had been “bluffing," Westlake representatives said in a news release.
Westlake Legal Group said the teacher consistently maintained her innocence, “insisting that she never has, nor ever would act inappropriately with a juvenile, and feels vindicated by the dismissal.”
“At this time, she is exploring her options, but feels the ordeal will make it extremely difficult for her to return to the classroom,” a Westlake statement reads.
Steward declined to comment on whether any additional charges related to the incident – including against those who filed the complaint – would be pursued.