The Loudoun County, Virginia, mother of the skirt-wearing teen accused of raping a female classmate in a girls' bathroom is speaking out in defense of her son, saying that he is not transgender, identifies as male, and simply "wanted sex."
In October, an area judge found the student guilty of sexually assaulting a female student in a girls' bathroom in May.
The unnamed male student was placed under electronic surveillance over the attack, but was later said to have groped another female teen at a different Loudoun County high school earlier in October.
What are the details?
The woman, who remains unnamed at the time of this reporting, told the Daily Mail that her 15-year-old son is male and not transgender.
She defended her son as simply engaging in the actions of a "heterosexual, hormonal teen who, in the case of the rape, had consensual sex with the girl twice before."
"He's a 15-year-old boy that wanted to have sex in the bathroom, with somebody that was willing," she said. "And they're twisting this just enough to make it a political hot button issue."
The woman said that her son — who she admitted is "deeply troubled" — was only wearing a skirt that particular day because he has an "androgynous style."
She explained, "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."
Male teen 'depicted the rape as an accident'
The woman added that her son described the sexual assault to her in a way that made her believe the incident was all a misunderstanding.
The two, according to the woman, met in a bathroom earlier in the day because the female teen "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 recalled, and said that her son told her that he and the female teen talked about having sex later on in the day.
She continued, "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.'"
She then said that her son later followed the female teen into the bathroom a second time later in the day, where he ended up advancing on her when she said that she was feeling "much better" than earlier the morning.
The male teen, according to the woman, "depicted the rape as an accident" and said that he didn't mean to insert himself into her anus.
"He said he was intending for vaginal and it ended up for 10 seconds as anal," the woman recalled. "He knew she was in pain. He said, 'Are you okay?'' She said that hurt. And he's like, 'What kind of pain?'"
The woman said, "He was showing genuine concern."
'You're not going to just sit there and take it'
She then called into question the teen girl's response to the incident.
"If I was in a position where I was about to be raped, I would be screaming, kicking, everything," she said. "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."
In late October, the teen was found guilty for the May sexual assault, which took place at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia. His victim admitted that the two previously had sex in the bathroom and that they'd agreed to meet there once more during lunch break. In her testimony, the unnamed female student said that she arrived at the bathroom and told him that she no longer wanted to have sex, but he threw her on the floor in response and forced her into sexual activities.
He was remanded to juvenile detention pending a Nov. 15 hearing in connection with the second incident — which reportedly took place at Broad Run High School in Ashburn in early October.
'What are they trying to do?'
The Daily Mail reported that sources stated that the 15-year-old has a checkered record when it comes to sexual indiscretions, and in fifth grade the teen reportedly sent nude photos of himself to a female classmate.
The girl's parents reportedly agreed not to file charges in exchange for the district keeping the boy away from their daughter.
His mother, according to the outlet, confirmed the incident and snapped, "What the f*** does that have to do with anything?"
"What are they trying to do?" she asked. "Did they hire an investigator to dig up everything and ruin him for the rest of his life? ... He's been a challenging child his whole life, which I've dealt with myself. My son's gone through multiple forms of counseling and therapy, resources here, at school, friends, family. It's been 15 years of hell trying to get him to do better and be better."
According to the report, the woman still is not sure what to make of the charges in connection to the Oct. 6 incident.
"I didn't hear my son's side of it because he was being hauled into [juvenile detention] before I could talk to him," she concluded. "What is the end game on this? My son's going to be on the sexual registry and be committed to Megan's Law for the rest of his life because he had 15-year-old hormones."