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Maryland man arrested for 2012 Loudoun Corrections Office arson

Jonathan Ernesto Godoy

After more than a year-and-a-half of investigation, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue officials announced an arrest in relation to the Nov. 12, 2012, fire-bombing and arson of the Loudoun County Community Corrections Office.

Jonathan Ernesto Godoy, of Maryland, was served four felony warrants by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive on charges of arson of a building, conspiracy to commit a felony and two counts of a fire bomb used to commit arson.

Godoy was arrested and is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a probation violation. He will continue to be held at the ADC without bond, according to Mary Maguire, assistant to the Chief/Public Affairs Officer.

Godoy had a revocation parole hearing at 9 a.m. today in Loudoun County Circuit Court.

A motive for the incident has not been made public. Maquire was not immediately available for further comment.

Loudoun court records show Godoy, whose address was listed as Frederick, Md. at the time, was arrested on Oct. 13, 2011, for possession of methadone. He pleaded guilty in April 2012 and was sentenced March 11, 2013, to one year and six months of suspended time and two years probation.

The Community Corrections Office at 107 Loudoun St. in downtown Leesburg, a high risk, county facility, was targeted on the morning of Nov. 14, 2012. The fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damage and forced the relocation of the community corrections office on a temporary, as well as a prolonged basis.

A second fire on Dec. 19, 2012, broke out at the building's new location on Edwards Ferry Road. Investigators, Maguire said, believe it's related to the first incident. An investigation into that fire continues.

“The [Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office] wishes to express our gratitude to the ATF for their unfaltering assistance throughout this investigation, as they provided assets, staff and resources that were and are critical to the investigation. The [Fire Marshal's Office] also appreciates all the tips that the public has brought forward to date …,” Maguire said in a prepared statement. Anyone with information regarding these fires should contact Loudoun County Crimes Solvers at 703-777-1919.


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