Former Loudoun Co. youth shelter worker charged in attack on teen

WASHINGTON — A former worker at the Loudoun County Youth Shelter is accused of attacking a teenager at the facility, and then preventing the victim from calling 911 to report it.

Melissa Rosario, 41, of Maryland, is accused of assaulting the teen at the Leesburg shelter on March 29.

An investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun Child Protective Services found that other employees intervened right away.

Rosario was immediately removed from the shelter and lost her job the next day.

The teenager was not seriously hurt, but the charges against Rosario include strangulation, assault and battery, and preventing the victim from contacting law enforcement.

Rosario was taken into custody Wednesday in West Virginia and is being kept in jail until she can be extradited back to Virginia.

Rosario was employed by Grafton Integrated Health Network, which operates the shelter under a contract with the county.

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Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter turned morning anchor at WTOP News.

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