A school counselor in Laudan County, Virginia, has been charged with improper sexual intercourse with a student.
A school counselor in Laudan County, Virginia, has been charged with improper sexual relations with a student.
42-year-old Anne Barrett from Ashburn has been accused of indecent freedoms with a child by a person in a custodial relationship.
The inappropriate relationship allegedly took place from 2013 to 2016, when Barrett worked at Freedom High School in South Riding.
Barrett was arrested last November and went out on bail. As the victim was a minor at the time of the incident, Barrett’s trial began in the Juvenile and Family Trials Court – after the judge found a probable cause, the case was sent to a grand jury for an indictment.
According to the indictment, the victim, whose identity WTOP does not identify, said the sexual relationship continued until his first year of college, which ended in June 2016.
The charge is a Class 6 offense in Virginia, with a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
When Barrett was arrested, Laudan County Public Schools Representative Wade Bird said she was sent on administrative leave from her last job at Stone Hill High School in Ashburn in May 2021 – as soon as the LCPS became aware of the charges. .
After Barrett’s arrest, Bayard said the school system “seeks to shut down and lose its license.”
According to the indictment, Barrett had no previous convictions. She is due to appear in court on Wednesday with a video recording.
Defense attorney William Mann did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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