Former LCPS Superintendent Scott Ziegler Has Been Granted A New Trial

Michael Delano thumbnail Michael Delano | March 8, 2024

Former LCPS Superintendent Scott Ziegler has been granted a new trial following his conviction in September 2023 for retaliatory firing of an LCPS school teacher. The case revolves around allegations that Ziegler terminated a special education teacher who raised concerns about being inappropriately touched by a student, as per court records.

According to the Associated Press, on Wednesday, a judge annulled Ziegler’s conviction and ordered a fresh trial. Ziegler had been found guilty last year of violating the state’s conflict of interest laws, a misdemeanor charge, for allegedly firing the teacher in response to her testimony before a special grand jury investigating him.

The prosecution in the retaliation case was led by Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, who, along with Gov. Glenn Youngkin, had voiced criticism toward the Loudoun County school system’s handling of two sexual assault cases.

Judge Douglas Fleming’s decision nullifies the sole conviction secured by the Virginia Attorney General in a high-profile probe of the Loudoun County public school system.

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