A Virginia prosecutor who insisted on defending the woke Loudoun County school board chair from an attempt to unseat her now faces her own recall as a result.
Attorney Buta Biberaj is refusing to recuse herself from the case to remove School Board Chair Brenda Sheridan, despite what district parents say is an apparent conflict of interest.
Fight for Schools, the parent organization that filed to remove Sheridan, has now also filed a petition to remove Biberaj – who received a $861,039 contribution from the George Soros-funded Justice and Public Safety PAC during her 2019 election – from the case.
Ian Prior, executive director of the group, claimed Biberaj was ‘very involved in two of the very serious incidents’ that were catalysts for the push for Sheridan’s recall.
He said Loudoun County residents need to know the case will be handled fairly and that Biberaj’s involvement makes that nearly impossible.
‘It is necessary to have faith that the prosecutor in this removal proceeding has no actual or perceived conflicts, that she will go where the evidence takes her, and litigate this case with appropriate prosecutorial zeal,’ Prior told Fox News.
‘In this case, Commonwealth Attorney Biberaj was very involved in two of the very serious incidents that gave rise to the recall. There is simply no way that the people of Loudoun County can be confident in a fair process for the removal of Brenda Sheridan unless Ms. Biberaj either recuses herself, or is disqualified based on her conflicts of interest, and an independent prosecutor is appointed by the Court.’
Attorney Buta Biberaj (pictured) is refusing to recuse herself from the case to remove School Board Chair Brenda Sheridan, despite what Loudoun County parents say is an apparent conflict of interest
Fight for Schools filed a petition to remove Sheridan from her role as school board leader, citing 11 claims against her, including one involving a sexual assault and five involving an anti-racism Facebook group in which Biberaj was also a member.
That group sought to target Loudoun County parents opposed to the teaching of critical race theory in schools.
The organization then filed a motion to disqualify Biberaj from the Sheridan case on November 12.
‘Biberaj has a clear conflict of interest that precludes her from participating in this case as Commonwealth’s Attorney,’ the motion reads.
It also claims ‘Biberaj participated in the private Facebook group that sought to target and harass parents.’
‘Participation in this private Facebook group makes Biberaj a potential witness for both parties,’ Fight for Schools alleged.
The document also claims Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman, told journalist Sharyl Attkisson, he ‘couldn’t really go to my Commonwealth Attorney because she was part of this group.’
Although Biberaj is said to have been a member of the Facebook group, she is not accused of participating in harassment or targeting of parents.
The document also notes that Biberaj prosecuted the father of the 14-year-old victim in the sexual assault case and accuses her of paying a role in ‘allowing the alleged assailant to remain free to commit another assault’.
Fight for Schools filed a petition to remove Brenda Sheridan (pictured) from her role as school board leader, citing 11 claims against her, including one involving a sexual assault and five involving an anti-racism Facebook group in which Biberaj was also a member
The district superintendent, however, recently stated that ‘Loudoun County Public Schools, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, had determined to place the defendant in another school.’
Biberaj is also accused of supporting the district’s controversial equity work, which parents argue promotes critical race theory, on her Twitter account.
A hearing date has not yet been set for the motion for disqualification and Biberaj has not filed a written response to the allegations.
Although Biberaj has not commented on the motion, her office did release a statement late last month on the latest hearing in the Sheridan case. It reads in part:
‘It is our duty, as the Commonwealth’s Attorney, to protect the participants and the process. When and if so certified, then the matter of the petitions can proceed to an evaluation of the allegations and the facts that establish the same.’
The Loudoun County School Board has not commented on Biberaj’s involvement in the Sheridan case, according to Fox. Nor did the superintendent’s office or the presiding judge.
The petition was started earlier this year, after reports emerged that a Facebook group called ‘Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County’ compiled a list of outspoken conservatives and opponents of critical race theory in the district in order to track, hack and ‘doxx’ them (Pictured: Parents protesting critical race theory in Loudoun County in June 2021)
The organization also compiled enough signatures to mount legal challenges to oust three other board members, Board Vice-Chair Atoosa Reaser, Ian Serotkin of the Blue Ridge District, and at-large member Denise Corbo (Pictured: Loudoun County protestors in June 2021)
The Loudoun County school district was thrust into the national spotlight amid allegations a 15-year-old boy wearing a skirt raped a female classmate in the girl’s bathroom at Stone Bridge High School on May 28.
One month later, Scott Smith, the father of the rape victim, was dragged out of a school board meeting on June 22 with a bloodied mouth after listening to school officials deny that a girl had been sexually assaulted in the bathroom after his daughter had reported the rape.
Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler said at the time: ‘We don’t have any records of assaults occurring in our restrooms.’
From rape to sentencing: Timeline of teen boy in skirt
May 28: Teen, 15, wearing a skirt allegedly rapes female classmate in girl’s bathroom. She reports it to the principal. Superintendent Scott Ziegler sends an email to colleagues confirming that it had been reported
June 22: Scott Smith, the father of the rape victim, was dragged out of a school board meeting with a bloodied mouth and arrested after listening to school officials say no one had been sexually assaulted in the bathroom after his daughter had reported the rape
July 6: Detectives call the boy’s mother to report his imminent arrest. She drives him down to the station herself and he spends the next couple weeks at the juvenile detention center in nearby Leesburg
October 6: The 15-year-old changes schools and allegedly drags another a girl into a classroom and inappropriately touches her. Police are called and he is arrested the same day
October 25: Teen is found guilty for the May 28 sexual assault at Stone Bridge High School. The judge ‘substantiated’ charges of forcible sodomy and forcible fellatio, the juvenile equivalent of a conviction
October 26: Students stage a walkout of their classrooms in a show of ‘solidarity’ for the victim. Some stood in front of their school, chanting: ‘Loudoun County Protects Rapists!’
November 15: Skirt-wearing teen will be sentenced
But on the day of the incident, he sent an email to colleagues confirming that it had been reported, writing: ‘This afternoon, a female student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the restroom.’
Soon, the issue exploded, with parents throughout the county protesting the school’s transgender policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity, overtaking school board meetings and demanding that Ziegler resign.
Ziegler later apologized, saying: ‘First, let me say to the families and students involved – my heart aches for you and I am sorry that we failed to provide the safe, welcoming and affirming environment that we aspire to provide.’
And on October 15, Ziegler said he ‘wrongly interpreted’ Smith’s question ‘about discipline incidents in bathrooms.’
‘I regret that my comments were misleading, and I apologize for the distress that error caused families,’ he said.
Still, the district has denied allegations of a cover-up with Wayne Byard, a spokesman for the district, saying in late October that the district reported the alleged assault on May 28 to the sheriff’s office ‘immediately,’ but because the incident was still under investigation, the report ‘could not be released to the general public’ at the time.
Another incident on October 6 at Broad Run High School, he noted, was also reported to the Sheriff’s Office immediately.
‘In the current politically-charged atmosphere, a lot of claims and demands have been made,’ Byard said in a statement, adding: ‘The focus of the superintendent and school board remains the education of Loudoun County’s 81,000 students.’
Meanwhile, the 15-year-old boy was found guilty of the assault on October 25, when a judge ‘substantiated’ charges of forcible sodomy and forcible fellatio, the juvenile equivalent of a conviction.
He was sent back to juvenile detention, pending a hearing November 15 on the second case which occurred at Broad Run High School in the same county on October 6, a month after the district transferred him there.
In that incident, he allegedly pulled a girl into a classroom and inappropriately touched her.
The Loudoun County school district was thrust into the national spotlight amid allegations a 15-year-old boy wearing a skirt raped a female classmate in the girl’s bathroom at Stone Bridge High School on May 28 (Pictured: Protestors at the Loudoun County School Board in June)
Last month, Fight for Schools announced it had collected more than 2,000 signatures to remove Sheridan citing reasons including neglect of duty, misuse of office and incompetence in the performance of her duties.
The organization also compiled enough signatures to mount legal challenges to oust three other board members, Board Vice-Chair Atoosa Reaser, Ian Serotkin of the Blue Ridge District, and at-large member Denise Corbo.
In order to remove an elected official in Virginia, a petition must be signed by a number of people from the official’s jurisdiction equal to 10 percent of the votes cast in the previous election.
The petition was started earlier this year, after reports emerged that a Facebook group called ‘Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County’ compiled a list of outspoken conservatives and opponents of critical race theory in the district in order to track, hack and ‘doxx’ them.
Critical race theory teaches that racism is a social construct that has been embedded in American legal systems and policies.
It has sparked a fierce nationwide debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country over the last year, with opponents claiming it promotes racism by categorizing people into ‘oppressors’ and the ‘oppressed,’ and supporters arguing that it is vital to eliminate racism.
If the cases go to trial, a judge or a jury will rule whether or not to remove the board members and if successful, the board would have 45 days to appoint an interim replacement and 15 days to petition the court for a special election.