In response to a lawsuit filed by a 14-year-old Loudoun County student and her mother against a Trailside Middle math teacher and other school officials, the accused math teacher has filed a counterclaim seeking damages against the mother and daughter.
The response states that the defendant denies all allegations made against him and has countersued the alleged juvenile victim and her mother for $1.35 million.
The original lawsuit was filed in late May in the Eastern District of Virginia. It accuses Loudoun County Public Schools officials of covering up and mishandling an alleged rape in a classroom at Trailside during the 2017-18 school year.
The plaintiffs are seeking more than $10 million in damages against the teacher. LCPS has been sued for $3 million for suspending the victim and threatening to do it again, according to local parent Brian Davison, who is assisting the student and her mother in the case. The juvenile student is identified as Jane Doe in the suit.
On July 12, Loudoun County Public Schools Public Information Officer Wayde Byard declined to comment on the lawsuit, noting it is a “pending legal matter.”
In June, Byard confirmed the teacher was still working for Loudoun County Public Schools and was not on leave. The school system released a statement saying the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation in coordination with the Department of Family Services. According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, after a complete investigation and after gathering all facts, evidence and statements, the Loudoun commonwealth’s attorney’s office declined charges in the case.
Loudoun County Public Schools also says it investigated the allegations and determined they were unfounded, according to Byard.
The defendant's counterclaim states that the allegations were “maliciously made for the purpose of harming the counter-plaintiff by inflicting damage to his reputation, his employment status and causing him severe emotional distress.”
It goes on to state: “Not only did multiple students and LCPS personnel provide contradictory statements and information from that alleged by the Counter-Defendants, direct proof presented by Counter Plaintiff and LCPS as to falseness of Counter-Defendants’ allegations was demonstrated by review of Counter-Plaintiff’s work and leave schedules, substitute teacher schedules, classroom locations, and school hall video for dates and times during which Jane Doe claimed certain events occurred, all of which clearly demonstrated that the actions alleged by the Counter-Defendants could not have occurred as claimed.”
Additionally, Linda Bell-Cardoff with the Loudoun Department of Family Services filed a separate motion to dismiss their claim based on the court's jurisdiction and failure to state any claim for which relief should be granted. Bell-Cardoff is the DFS employee who led the investigation into the alleged assault by the teacher at Trailside. A hearing for the motion is scheduled for Aug. 2.
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that the counterclaim has been filed by the accused teacher and not Loudoun County Public Schools.