Update: Sterling Man Charged with Assault After Maskless Cough on Protesters

(Update, Sunday, Nov. 22 at 5:21 p.m.) A 61-year-old man from Sterling has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he was caught on video deliberately coughing on two women protesting outside Trump National Golf Club.

According to Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Michele Bowman, on Sunday afternoon, deputies served a warrant to Raymond Deskins, who was charged with simple assault and released on a summons.

“As the incident was not witnessed by law enforcement and the video did not capture the entire interaction, an investigation was conducted on scene and both parties were advised they could go to a Loudoun County Magistrate and seek a citizen obtained warrant,” Bowman wrote in an email to county supervisors who requested an investigation of the incident.

In 2012, Deskins, a former air traffic controller, was convicted of worker’s compensation fraud. An investigation had revealed that in June 2004, Deskins submitted a notice of traumatic injury to the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs claiming Federal Employees’ Compensation Act benefits in connection with an injury sustained during his employment with the Federal Aviation Administration. From 2005 through 2008, while receiving disability benefits based on his inability to perform work of any kind, Deskins worked as a construction foreman for a Sterling-based general contractor. He falsely certified to the Department of Labor on annual forms that he had not been engaged in any work activities during the reported periods. Deskins subsequently received nearly $700,000 in federal workers’ compensation benefits.

Since letter was initially sent, Supervisor Sylvia R. Glass (D-Broad Run) has also co-signed.


Original article:

Four Loudoun County supervisors are pushing for Sheriff Michael L. Chapman and Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj to investigate an incident in which an unidentified man was caught on video deliberately coughing on two women protesting outside Trump National Golf Club.

The incident was caught on video by Reel Political News correspondent Douglas Christian and shared on Twitter, who was covering protests outside Trump National Golf Club while Trump, inside, golfed rather than attend a G20 Summit meeting on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christian also captured a photo of a Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy speaking to the man, and tweeted “officers seemed to know who he was.”

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, actions like the as-yet unidentified Trump supporter’s have led to assault charges in other jurisdictions.

County Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), Vice Chairman Supervisors Koran Saines (D-Sterling) and Supervisors Michael R. Turner (D-Ashburn) and Juli E. Briskman (D-Algonkian) signed a Nov. 22 letter to Chapman and Biberaj asking that “a full investigation be completed to ascertain if the man seen coughing in the video has violated any laws, and if so are charges applicable.” They also asked for updates to be provided to the full Board of Supervisors.

“We are in a hundred-year, highly contagious, worldwide pandemic of a deadly virus that has killed more than 250,000 Americans,” the letter reads. “All of the Loudoun County numbers are headed in the wrong direction. Science has confirmed, and it has been widely reported, that wearing a mask is a very effective way to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Conversely, not wearing one and not socially distancing, is clearly irresponsible. Willfully coughing in someone’s face is clearly dangerous.”

According to the Virginia Department of Health, Loudoun County is averaging 65 new cases of COVID-19 reported a day. The virus has killed 139 people in Loudoun.

Read the supervisors’ letter here.

13 thoughts on “Update: Sterling Man Charged with Assault After Maskless Cough on Protesters

  • 2020-11-22 at 5:27 pm
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    Community Notice:

    I was in the Harris Teeter parking lot this morning after church when someone near by sneezed without a mask on.

    I think we should all make an effort to forward information like this to the four BOS supes, Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), Vice Chairman Supervisors Koran Saines (D-Sterling) and Supervisors Michael R. Turner (D-Ashburn) and Juli E. Briskman (D-Algonkian) with a time and place of each event.

    That is all.

  • 2020-11-23 at 9:46 am
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    “Science has confirmed, and it has been widely reported, that wearing a mask is a very effective way to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Conversely, not wearing one and not socially distancing, is clearly irresponsible.”

    Cite the ‘science’ on mask wearing oh so enlightened petty politicians. We’ll wait.

    Dr. Fauci told us masks don’t do jack, as has the AMA. Dr. Fauci told us it was totally cool to hook up with strangers for sex.

    Political nonsense by Phyllis and the Gang. I’m sure I recall their sanctimonious, non-science, proclamations back in the summer when they were encouraging people to mix up with the mobs in the streets.

    This gang has zero credibility to lecture anybody about science. Anything to divert attention away from them supporting every crank shutdown scheme they can to hurt local small business.

    • 2020-11-23 at 6:10 pm
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      Really? Fauci said there was no need to mask way back in early March at the start when nobody knew basically anything about COVID-19. Now and for many months, he and the CDC strongly recommend masking and the usual social distancing and hand washing to save lives. And what “AMA” are you writing about? Not the American Medical Association, google their stance on masks. But in a nutshell it reads: “We are urging the American public to take the simple steps we know will help stop the spread of the virus: wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distancing, and washing hands.”

      Are you living in the past or some alternate reality?

  • 2020-11-23 at 11:21 am
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    You can’t make this stuff up: a guy convicted of mail fraud puts on a pool float and stands outside Trump’s golf course to yell at people who don’t like the grifter-in-chief.

  • 2020-11-23 at 2:02 pm
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    What an jerk. Trump supporters do not know the word hypocrisy. His Mother must be so proud.

    • 2020-11-23 at 8:06 pm
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      Hypocrisy? You mean like whining and saying “Not my President” for four years, then when you finally get what you want, the “Let’s all unite” chants start, you mean that kind of hypocrisy? Or do you mean when the Governor of this state tells everyone they must wear a mask, and then he doesn’t? Is that the hypocrisy you speak of? Or could it be when you scream “It’s about the science!” when talking about environmental issues, then ignore science when it comes to terminating late-stage pregnancies?

      The subject of this article is an idiot- he did something childish and stupid and he basically acted like the democrats have been acting for four years. He should have listened to the lady who said “When they go low, we go high”- you know, the lady who has been insulting the POTUS for four years.

      • 2020-11-24 at 9:59 am
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        You just made my point. The Republicans got all bent out of shape after Trump’s Electoral College victory in 2016 (sans popular vote win). Hillary graciously conceded shortly thereafter, despite the close vote counts. Yes, some on the left and especially the young refused the results but the nation did not and Trump had his 4 years.

        Fast forward to 2020, now Trump loses the Electoral College AND the popular vote and does not concede but starts all manner of bogus conspiracy theories to undermine the sanctity of the American Election System. All because he cannot appear to be able to personally handle a loss. He needs to get over himself and do what is right and proper for the nation and welcome President-Elect Biden just as he was graciously welcomed by President Obama.

        My point is hypocrisy runs both ways and is not helpful. Yes, this particular man was being stupid and there is stupid on both sides of the debate. We need more adult conversations as to how to solve the nation’s issues for everyone…fairly. Just having a President off of incessant Tweets will be a start.

  • 2020-11-23 at 5:54 pm
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    This story shows how wrong the residents of Loudoun are. First, it was wrong of the man to cough on people. Second, it was wrong of people to be congregating outside of Trump Golf Course. Third is was wrong for the Board of Supervisors to not chastise everyone involved. We are not going to lower our Covid numbers if EVERYONE does not do the part, regardless of which side of the political table you sit.

  • 2020-11-23 at 6:08 pm
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    Typical behavior by the loser GOP!! It is over folks, YOU LOST! GET OVER IT! Now, the swamp will be drained. You thought The Big Orange Goon is gone!! This will be a great Thanksgiving Day. Buh Bye…Trump…Buh Bye the worst FLOTUS in history with this lazy lout gone! Buh Bye Stephen Miller and your sick view of what America should be…white and privileged..Buh Bye to the Second Q Tip aka worthless Pence! Take “Mother” and go back to Indiana…you failed!! Buh bye Pompass, you nearly ruined the State Department, but soon you will be gone too. Great day!! A final rebuke of this sick monster!!

  • 2020-11-24 at 7:57 am
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    I have the utmost confidence that our super-duper-apolitical CA will treat this case with complete and total fairness.

  • 2020-11-25 at 11:39 pm
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    People cough and sneeze all the time Karens. That’s what people do. Instead of acting like the Gestapo, stay the hell home away from people. Everyone will be better off without your petty complaints.

    P.S. The completely sarcastic comment about our CA is spot on.

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