Loudoun County Deputy First Class Chad Neff, 32, was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault by local police in Woodstock, VA on July 19, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) reported Wednesday.
Neff has been with the LCSO for nearly five years. Similar charges were brought against LCSO deputy and eight year veteran Josiah Kennedy following a domestic dispute last week in Leesburg.
Neff was released on his own personal recognizance by a local magistrate and is on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
This brings to three the number of LCSO deputies charged with criminal conduct in less than two months. The third, deputy Dustin W. Moon, was charged with felony animal cruelty in Warren County, VA on June 9 after the death of his dog earlier this year. All are on administrative leave.
These kind of cases are rare, according to Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. Seven members of the LCSO staff have faced criminal charges since Chapman took office in January 2012. The conduct of four of those was discovered as a result of LCSO internal investigations and they were prosecuted. In the most recent conviction, Frank Pearson, a former LCSO deputy and narcotics officer from Winchester, VA, was sentenced to three years in prison for embezzlement of LCSO funds.
The three recent cases are the only other ones to have occurred over that same four-and-a-half year time frame.
“These incidents are being handled professionally and to the letter of the law, and will not affect how our deputies perform their jobs every day,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.
In a statement released today, Chapman added “despite the current environment and stress upon law enforcement, professional behavior is required by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel at all times, on and off-duty.” LCSO employs about 700 sworn and civilian staff.
Chapman reported that the LCSO is expanding the availability of a contracted psychologist for deputies and staff. LCSO personnel also have access to a chaplain and the County’s employee assistance services.
“We will continue to remain transparent with the public,” he said.