Sterling Man Charged for Pepper Spraying Juvenile

A 46-year-old Sterling man has been charged with a felony after he allegedly used pepper spray on a juvenile during a neighborhood dispute.

According to the Sheriff’s Office report, deputies were called to Fontwell Square in Sterling just before 4 p.m. Sunday. The incident began when a group of teenagers removed lawn chairs from multiple properties and placed them in a communal space. One of the residents reported that he confronted one of the juveniles sitting in his chair, the juvenile refused to get up, and he pepper sprayed the chair. 

The man was charged with illegal use of teargas or other gasses. Under state law, if found to be done maliciously, the action would be a class 3 felony with a sentence of five to 20 years in prison. If done unlawfully, but not maliciously, the crime would be class 6 felony, with a sentence of one to five years in prison. 

He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center where he was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond. 

9 thoughts on “Sterling Man Charged for Pepper Spraying Juvenile

  • 2022-05-17 at 12:20 pm

    Any charges pending for the juveniles who stole the property?

  • 2022-05-17 at 12:43 pm

    If the allegations are true, the defendant’s actions are entirely unacceptable. Pepper spray isn’t even something a Loudouner should use against another Loudouner. I hope justice is served in this case.

    • 2022-05-18 at 4:57 pm

      Are you serious right now? I can only assume you’re trolling.

      Should a loudouner steal another loudouner’s property then refuse to return it when called out? Do you blame victims who protect themselves from other crimes?

  • 2022-05-17 at 1:44 pm

    This is ridiculous. Physical problems should be handled physically by private citizens without involving laws or law enforcement. Kid got what he deserved.

  • 2022-05-17 at 6:37 pm

    So a bunch of punk kids steal this guy’s property, he tries to get it back, the kid refuses, and the guy sprays the chair, then gets charged? Seems like the kid got exactly what he or she deserved. Based on the article, calling the police when the theft occurred would have been useless considering the “juveniles” weren’t charged with anything.

  • 2022-05-18 at 11:49 am

    I wonder why the report states “he sprayed the chair” and not the thief. I think the thief got what he deserved. The owner shouldn’t be so severely punished.

  • 2022-05-18 at 4:56 pm

    Apparently the LCSO believes that we must be victims and are not allowed to protect our property.

    Would they have preferred to come out there and beat the kid themselves? Would they have even responded to the call about theft?

    Virginia law explicitly allows the use of force to prevent theft of items, and the kid refused to return the stolen item.

  • 2022-05-21 at 8:29 pm

    It’s bad enough for Loudoun to desire to be like Fairfax and want to emulate traffic and congestion. But now it appears Loudoun wants to emulate Portland too and let lawbreakers get away with everything.

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