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Loudoun deputy sheriff, DeGroot, charged with assault

A deputy sheriff in Loudoun County was charged Friday with allegedly assaulting a neighbor at his home.

Robert B. DeGroot, 29, a seven-year veteran of the Loudoun County sheriff’s office, was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and strangling another causing wounding or injury,a felony, according to police. He was assigned to the Corrections and Court Services Division.

DeGroot was doing work inside the victim’s home on Bruceton Mills Circle in Ashburn, Va., around 7 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release and Liz Mills, a department spokeswoman. Mills said she did not know what kind of work the deputy was doing or what transpired to cause the fight.

The victim was treated at a local hospital and released, according to police.

DeGroot has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation and is being held without bond.

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