Deputy Charged with Assaulting Ashburn Neighbor

The corrections officer has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

A deputy with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was charged with “misdemeanor assault and battery and strangle another causing wounding or injury” after a Dec. 27 incident in Ashburn.

Robert B. DeGroot, 29, of Ashburn, has been placed on administrative leave from the LCSO – where the seven-year veteran is assigned to the Corrections and Courts Service Division – during the investigation. According to an LCSO report, the incident involved DeGroot’s friend.

Deputies responded to a home on Bruceton Mills Circle in Ashburn Village after a caller reported disorderly conduct.

The 28-year-old victim met deputies outside the home and told them DeGroot assaulted him while they were doing work on the home, according to the LCSO report. The victim was taken to a hospital where his injuries were treated before he was released.
DeGroot’s law enforcement powers have been suspended during the investigation, and he remains held without bond.

The previous information was supplied by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and, where charges were made, does not indicate a conviction. For questions about this article, email dusty@patch.com.

Paula December 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM
"DeGroot’s law enforcement powers have been suspended during the investigation" Well thank the Lord for that. He was *strangling* his neighbor? If it wasn't for self defense, there's no acceptable reason. Geez.
Grant Winstead December 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM
This is justice at its best , you can't treat people bad and think good is coming to you, rotten cops all over Loudoun County. This is just the beginning of what's to come, bad cops never last. Everything that happens in the dark may to come the light!
Anonymous December 30, 2012 at 07:32 PM
While I understand drawing conclusions based on the information given, I would encourage you to make an attempt to refrain from judgment as there truly is more to the story. Officer DeGroot has an exemplary record, is a wonderful husband and father, and has cooperated fully with the investigation. Even the victim is not pressing charges at all. I'm just a friend of the family, and it really isn't my place to speak about the situation, but he's a great guy and I can tell you, this has been a lesson to me not to jump to conclusions in the future about everything I read in the news! Best wishes...
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joe brewer January 14, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Do you think he'll have to pay a hefty 381 dollar fine like the drunk driving deputy, sounds like a new reality show does it not.


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