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    UPDATED: Loudoun County hires new county attorney

    For the first time in more than two decades, Loudoun has a new county attorney. The Board of Supervisors Wednesday night announced plans to hire current James City County attorney Leo P. Rogers effective in mid-November.

    A graduate of Rutgers College and William and Mary Law School, Rogers has served as the James City County attorney near Jamestown since 2004. He began his service in James City as assistant county attorney in 1990.

    Absent from a Loudoun County announcement this evening is that Rogers was charged with domestic abuse in 2012, according to the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily. Rogers was acquitted of the charges after his wife, while on the stand during trial, remained silent when asked if the alleged abuse against her took place, according to the Daily.

    Board Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) issued a statement tonight specifically addressing the allegations: "The Board of Supervisors has complete confidence in our new county attorney," York said. "We are aware of the incident in which he was found not guilty of domestic abuse due to lack of evidence, and we would like to point out that his record was expunged, which legally means the case does not exist. We would point out that Mr. Rogers brought this to our attention at the beginning of the selection process in July. This gave us time to fully vet the incident and to confirm the facts around the media reports that have surfaced."

    In his own statement, Rogers said, “As the county attorney in James City County, I have had considerable experience with land use and development issues in one of the Commonwealth’s fastest-growing communities, which I think will serve me well in Loudoun."

    Former Loudoun County Attorney Jack Roberts retired in July after 30 years with county government. Assistant County Attorney Ron Brown has served as interim county attorney since July.

    This story has been updated to include new comments from Scott York.

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