Stone Ridge High School: Mom of skirt-wearing teen who raped classmate says son 'just wanted sex'

The mother explained that her son is not a transgender, identifies as male, and he had had consensual sex with the girl twice before


                            Stone Ridge High School: Mom of skirt-wearing teen who raped classmate says son 'just wanted sex'
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LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA: The mother of the skirt-wearing teen who raped a female classmate in a girls' bathroom has now spoken out in defense of her son. His mother has claimed that the boy is not a transgender, identifies as male and just 'wanted sex'. Juvenile court judge Pamela Brooks on Monday, October 25 ruled that the suspect indeed raped the 15-year-old girl on May 28 in the bathroom at Stone Ridge High School in Leesburg, Virginia. 

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The case drew national attention because the girl's parents — Scott and Jessica Smith – had accused the Loudoun County School district of covering up the crime. Because the sexual assault took place in a gender-fluid bathroom by a male student wearing a skirt, the parents had expressed fear of more such incidents taking place if schools start allowing boys into girls' bathrooms.

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"He's a 15-year-old boy that wanted to have sex in the bathroom, with somebody that was willing," the teen's mother, who refused to be identified, told Daily Mail. "And they're twisting this just enough to make it a political hot button issue." 

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The girl's parents — Scott and Jessica Smith – had accused the school district in Loudon County of covering up the crime  (GoFundMe)

The mother claimed that her son, who is "deeply troubled", was wearing a skirt that particular day because he has an "androgynous style." She defined him as a "heterosexual, hormonal teen who, in the case of the rape, had consensual sex with the girl twice before." "He would wear a skirt one day and then the next day, he would wear jeans and a T-shirt, a polo, or hoodie. He was trying to find himself and that involved all kinds of styles. I believe he was doing it because it gave him attention he desperately needed and sought," she explained. 

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The woman said that her son described to her the happenings of the day, and she believes it was all a misunderstanding. She said that the two met in the bathroom earlier that day because the girl "wasn't feeling well that day." "He was worried about her, asked her how she was feeling, touched her forehead, brought water for her," his mother said. The girl, she said, apparently talked to her son about having sex later that day. She said, "He'd mentioned something about hooking up with her, said they'd discussed it that day and that she was wishy-washy, was like, 'Yeah, maybe, I still don't feel well, we'll see.'"

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According to the woman, her son depicted the rape as an accident. She further said that he did not intend to insert himself into her anus. "He said he was intending for vaginal and it ended up for 10 seconds as anal," the woman said. "He knew she was in pain. He said, 'Are you okay?'' She said that hurt. And he's like, 'What kind of pain?'" "He was showing genuine concern," she added.

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Questioning the girl's reaction, the mother said, "If I was in a position where I was about to be raped, I would be screaming, kicking, everything. You're 15. You can reasonably defend yourself. You're not just going to sit there and take it. And so, because there wasn't a presence of a fight, he felt it was okay to keep going."

The suspect's attorney, William Mann, has said that the boy reasonably assumed consent on May 28 because the couple had apparently had consensual sex in the bathroom on earlier occasions. The judge disagreed and the boy is now also facing another sexual battery charge on a different girl at a different school in the district.

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