An Ashburn man who fled the country in 2017 after being charged in the sexual assault of a juvenile has been apprehended in Cambodia, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Samuel D. Lovejoy, 31, of Ashburn, was indicted on charges of indecent liberties of a juvenile and felony failure to appear in court. He was taken into custody by the Cambodian General Department of Immigration during the early morning hours Tuesday, LCSO spokesperson Kraig Troxell said.

Lovejoy was arrested in early 2017 on charges related to the sexual assault of a juvenile who was known to him, Troxell said. He was released Jan. 10, 2017, on a $25,000 secured bond and fled the country a few weeks later.

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit (SVU) worked with the FBI, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Marshals, and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in the hunt for Lovejoy, Troxell said.

He is now in custody pending extradition back to the United States.  

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