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Posted on: January 10, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Ashburn Man Apprehended After Fleeing Country in 2017


January 10, 2018


Kraig Troxell, Media Relations & Communications Manager, 703-771-5278

Alex Kowalski, Public Information Officer, 703-777-0625



Loudoun County, VA- An Ashburn man who fled the country in 2017 after being charged for the sexual assault of a juvenile was apprehended Tuesday in Cambodia. 

In December 2016, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a sexual assault case involving Samuel D. Lovejoy, 31, of Ashburn. The investigation determined the suspect sexually assaulted a juvenile who was known to him. On January 6, 2017, he was arrested by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13.  

Lovejoy was released by a Loudoun County Magistrate on January 10, 2017 on a $25,000 secured bond. Following his release it was determined the suspect fled the country on February 15, 2017.

Lovejoy was subsequently indicted on charges of indecent liberties of a juvenile and felony failure to appear in court.  

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit (SVU) worked with the FBI, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Marshals, and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to attempt to locate the suspect. Lovejoy was located in Cambodia and arrested during the early morning hours of January 9 by the Cambodian General Department of Immigration. 

Lovejoy is now in custody pending extradition back to the United States.  


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