Briar Woods Football Players Sidelined Over Assault Allegations

Several players on a top ranked Northern Virginia football team are under investigation for allegedly assaulting two teammates.

The Loudoun County Sheriff confirms his detectives are looking into whether several varsity players assaulted two, younger junior varsity players in the locker room.

Sheriff Mike Chapman says they are looking into two separate incidents. He says fewer than six varsity
players have been accused.

The report of an assault came first on Oct. 17 to the Briar Woods School resource offficer, who is also with the sheriff's department. Detectives joined him at the high school Tuesday to look deeper into the allegations.

"We work with the school in these investigations and with the parents and with our school resource officer and with administration and we try to make sure everybody is involved in the process to make sure we are covering all our bases at the school," said Sheriff Mike Chapman.

The investigation was first reported by News4 has learned the varsity players in question have been sidelined while the investigation continues.

School officials declined to comment on the ongoing probe. Briar Wood' varsity record is 6-1 and the team is ranked No. 5 in the Washington Post football standings.

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