LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (DC News Now) — After seven hours of deliberating, the jury found former Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler guilty on Friday for the firing of a special education teacher.
He is charged with a class one misdemeanor for retaliating against former special education teacher, Erin Brooks. He faces up to a year in jail and, or a $2,500 fine. He was however, not found guilty of penalizing an employee for testifying a jury.
Brooks claimed that school administration did not do enough to help her and her teaching assistant, Laurie Vandermeulen, when a student was repeatedly inappropriately touching them.
The pair quietly sought help from political and education activist, Ian Prior, who brought the issue forward at a school boarding meeting back in March 22, 2022. Though he did not name any names, division administration said the teacher violated student privacy laws.
Brooks’ name was then added to a consent agenda for contract nonrenewal which was approached by the school board in June 2022.
His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2024.