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Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Assault charges against Loudoun school board candidate are dropped

A Loudoun court on Monday dismissed assault charges against Kevin Kuesters, a candidate for school board in the county’s Broad Run district.

Kuesters was arrested in early October for allegedly assaulting his wife during a domestic dispute. At the time, he was running unopposed for the Broad Run seat, but about a week after word of his arrest spread, another candidate, Joy Maloney, launched a write-in campaign.

“I have maintained from the beginning my innocence. I was always confident that the charge would be dismissed and I am glad to see that my faith in the legal system has been rewarded,” Kuesters said in a statement.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Gigi Lawless told two local newspapers earlier this week that investigators did not find enough evidence to sustain the charge. Lawless did not return repeated calls for further comment.

The Loudoun Times reported that according to police recods, Kuesters’s wife, Piper Kuesters, told officers that she and her husband were arguing on Oct. 4 when she leaned into the passenger’s side of Kevin Kuesters’s vehicle.

She told officers that she was leaning inside the car when Kuesters “without warning sped off” in the vehicle, “causing her to be dragged a short distance and fall to the ground.”

“I fully support the Commonwealth’s decision to dismiss the charges against my husband, and our family is united in moving ahead and helping Kevin be elected to the Loudoun County School Board,” Piper Kuesters said in a statement.

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