Ogilvie assault case heads to grand jury

Claire Kennedy Ogilvie. Photo: Charlottesville Police Department Claire Kennedy Ogilvie. Photo: Charlottesville Police Department

The former Peabody School teacher accused of assaulting the wife of 57th District Delegate David Toscano waived her right to a preliminary hearing—the proceeding to determine if there is sufficient evidence to go to trial—by appearing in court Thursday. The case will now proceed in front of a grand jury.

Claire Ogilvie, 36, faces charges of armed burglary, abduction, and malicious wounding after allegedly breaking into Toscano’s home and assaulting his wife, Nancy Tramontin, on February 24. Despite the high-profile nature of the case, few details have been made public because court documents relating to the investigation have been sealed.

In a statement released shortly after the alleged attack, Tramontin said her family met Ogilvie in 2010, during a Semester at Sea voyage on which Toscano was an instructor and Ogilvie was an tutor. Tramontin said Ogilvie developed an “unsettling interest” in the family, leading them to cut off contact with her in 2012.

Ogilvie has been held in Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail since her February arrest.

According to Newsplex, the Toscano family was not present at the Thursday court appearance. Ogilvie is scheduled to appear before a grand jury August 18 at Charlottesville Circuit Court.