A Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Thursday after he assaulted a friend.
Robert B. DeGroot, 29, of Ashburn, was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and strangling another causing wounding or injury.
DeGroot, a seven-year veteran of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, is assigned to the Corrections and Courts Services Division. He has been placed on administrative leave and his law enforcement powers have been suspended while the investigation continues, according to Liz Mills, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.
He remains held without bond.
According to reports, deputies responded to a home on Bruceton Mills Circle in Ashburn about 7 p.m. for a report of disorderly conduct. Upon arrival they met with the victim, a 28-year-old Ashburn man, who was outside the home. He told deputies that he was assaulted by DeGroot while they were doing work on the home.
The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.
DeGroot is the second Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy to be arrested this year.
On Nov. 10, a deputy who was working undercover, was arrested for DUI and refusing a breathalyzer test.
A hearing for that deputy is set for Jan. 10 in Loudoun County General District Court.
The deputy, according to reports, was arrested about 12:30 a.m. after authorities responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated man attempting to leave in a vehicle in the Lansdowne Town Center area. When deputies arrived at the scene, they learned the driver had struck two parked vehicles with his personal vehicle.
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