Bond Denied in Deputy Solicitation Case

Loudoun County District Court Judge Deborah C. Welsh today denied the request to release on bond the county deputy charged with online solicitation of a minor. 

Dustin Amos, 33, of Herndon, was arrested Dec. 17 on two felony changes following an investigation that began when he allegedly corresponded with an undercover detective assigned to the Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigator’s Task Force who was posing online as a 15-year-old girl.

During the Dec. 21 hearing, more details were provided about the case, including that Amos used the Whisper app to communicate with the undercover investigator and did so while on duty at the county jail, where he has worked since joining the Sheriff’s Office in 2013. His attorney, Hunter Whitestone, characterized the communications a “fantasy talk” and asked that he be allowed to return home where his wife would ensure he had no internet access.

Prosecutors opposed his release on bond, noting that, in his communications, Amos described specific sex acts he wanted to the perform with the assumed 15-year-old girl and encouraged her to travel to Virginia to meet with him, noting he would “make it worth her while.” Allegations also were made that a similar chat was held with another individual in which the deputy sent a graphic video of himself. 

Judge Welsh denied bond.

A Jan. 27 preliminary hearing is set in the case. 

Amos was placed on leave pending the investigation.

[Update: On Jan. 27, Amos waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The case was sent to a grand jury for review. He is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court on Feb. 15 for further scheduling.]

3 thoughts on “Bond Denied in Deputy Solicitation Case

  • 2021-12-21 at 4:25 pm
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    Crime has advanced throughout Loudoun County, including within the Sheriff’s Office. I don’t put that office on a pedestal. It has its share of problems. In fact, i’d like to see Loudoun transition to having its own police department & phase out the sheriff’s office. Perhaps that would help curb the crime that’s penetrating the county. Happy Holidays Loudoun!

    • 2021-12-22 at 9:49 am
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      Having a police dept would not curb situations like this. it would make it worse because our county law enforcement would be unionized and dealing with problems will be hampered by the union. I am a former LEO who has worked for a non union dept as well as a union dept and saw first hand the kind of things that happened. LEO’s are never above the law and should always be held to a higher standard. look at neighboring Fairfax County PD to see some of what I am talking about.

  • 2021-12-22 at 8:07 am
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    Just a “bad apple” they say- there’s nothing wrong with Law Enforcement. I mean, what could go wrong when you arm high school graduates.

    It’s well past time for a county police force- the corruption in the LCSO is well documented going back through many different elected sheriffs over several decades.

    The old boy club sure does like them some young girls.

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