Loudoun deputy charged with domestic assault

A member of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was charged with the domestic assault of a family member on Tuesday.

Woodstock Police Chief Eric L. Reiley said a police officer arrested Deputy First Class Chad Neff after receiving a call from his spouse.

“The victim called 9-1-1 and police officers were dispatched to the address,” Reiley said. “… He was arrested for the domestic assault on a family member and served with a protective order.”

Alex Kowalski, a public information officer with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, said Neff, a five-year veteran in the office, is on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

In a news release, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said exemplary conduct is expected among officers.

“Despite the current environment upon law enforcement, professional behavior is required by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel at all times, on and off-duty,” he said.

According to Kowalski, a magistrate released Neff on a summons on his own recognizance.

Kowalski said Neff worked in the corrections adult detention center prior to his administrative leave.

This is not the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office’s first issue with officer misconduct. According to a separate news release on Monday, Deputy Josiah Kennedy, also with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault.

As per Wednesday’s news release, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is expanding the availability of a contracted psychologist for staff, and established a chaplain unit for staff members in need of counsel.

“We will continue to remain transparent with the public and we appreciate your continued support,” Chapman stated in the release.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com

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