Va. man arrested for sexual assault fled country, caught in Cambodia

WASHINGTON — After an Ashburn, Virginia, man was charged in the sexual assault of a child, he fled the country last year. This week, he was arrested in Cambodia.

Samuel D. Lovejoy, 31, was allegedly involved in the sexual assault of a child, and he knew the victim, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday in a news release. They received a report of the case in December 2016.

Lovejoy was arrested on Jan. 6, 2017 on two counts of sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13. He was later released by a Loudoun County magistrate on a $25,000 secured bond, the sheriff’s office said.

Lovejoy left the country on Feb. 15, 2017, officials said. He was then indicted on charges of felony failure to appear in court and indecent liberties of a juvenile.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office worked with federal agencies during their search for Lovejoy. When he was located in Cambodia, he was arrested early Tuesday morning by the Cambodian General Department of Immigration.

He is now in custody pending extradition back to the U.S.

Teta Alim

Teta Alim is a Digital Editor at WTOP. Teta's interest in journalism started in music and moved to digital media.

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