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Montgomery County is the focal point of allegations that women have made against Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Supreme Court nominee, in connection with sexual assault.
In a sworn declaration issued by her attorney Michael Avenatti, D.C. resident Julie Swetnick said she and other teenage girls were sexually assaulted by multiple teenage boys at local parties, and named Kavanaugh, then a student at Georgetown Preparatory School, and his then-classmate Mark Judge as two of her assailants. She said they and other boys would, after consuming alcohol, behave aggressively toward the girls at parties she attended while in high school. She said she attended about 10 parties in the D.C. area at which Kavanaugh and Judge were also present.
In addition, she wrote that at parties she attended, boys would line up outside a room to take turns sexually assaulting a teenage girl who had been drugged beforehand and claimed Kavanaugh and Judge both participated in that.
“I also witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys. I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.”
She wrote that she was a victim of one of the “gang” or “train” rapes where Judge and Kavanaugh were present around 1982. She believes she was drugged by a substance placed in what she had been drinking.
David Kahn, a former social studies resource teacher, taught Julie Swetnick world history when she was a junior at Gaithersburg High School.
“She [Swetnick] was very truthful and of good, solid character,” Kahn said.
Kahn said Swetnick earned As and Bs as a student, and received better grades than the average student would in his class.
Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged Kavanaugh assaulted her, mentioned multiple locations in Montgomery County when she spoke at day five of Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday.
During day five, Kavanaugh read from entries in a calendar from the year Ford said an assault occurred. Much of his time involved training and practicing for football at Georgetown Prep, as well as weightlifting or training at Montgomery Blair High School, also located in the County.
He said he never sexually assaulted anyone.
Ford mentioned Columbia Country Club in Bethesda in her testimony during the hearing.
Phone calls to Columbia Country Club were not returned before deadline.
Phone calls to the Safeway grocery store located at the intersection of River Road and Falls Road, where Mark Judge may have previously worked, were forwarded to Safeway’s corporate office, but were not returned. Emails and phone messages left for the Maryland public relations person for Safeway were not returned before deadline, either.