Ashburn Fugitive Nabbed in Cambodia

An Ashburn man who fled the country last year after he was arrested on juvenile sexual assault charges was apprehended Tuesday in Cambodia.

In December 2016, the Sheriff’s Office investigated a report alleging Samuel D. Lovejoy, 31, had sexually assaulted a juvenile who was known to him. On Jan. 6, 2017, he was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13.

Samuel D. Lovejoy

Four days later, a magistrate released Lovejoy on a $25,000 secured bond. On Feb. 15, 2017, Lovejoy left the U.S., authorities said. On March 13, 2017, he was indicted by a Loudoun grand jury on charges of indecent liberties of a juvenile and felony failure to appear in court. He subsequently was declared a fugitive from justice.

Detectives with Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit worked with the FBI, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Marshals, and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to search for Lovejoy. After nearly a year, he was located in Cambodia and arrested during the early morning hours of Jan. 9 by the Cambodian General Department of Immigration, according to the sheriff’s office.

One thought on “Ashburn Fugitive Nabbed in Cambodia

  • 2018-01-10 at 10:24 pm

    I lived with my family for three years in Cambodia. During that time we witnessed American law enforcement officials apprehend a number of alleged sex offenders. Sadly, Cambodia is not only a popular stop on the global sex tourism circuit, but is also a place where the world’s fugitives go to hide from the law. My novel, Making Ghosts Dance, shines a light on these circumstances and is inspired by actual events. If you want to learn more about the horrors of the trafficking of children and the people who enable it, give it a read.

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