Deputy Charged With Lying About Attack

WRVA News
July 11, 2020 - 8:16 pm
Former deputy is accused of making up attack

Fauquier County Sheriff's Office

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Fauquier County, VA _  The Fauquier County Sheriff's office has arrested and charged a sheriff's deputy with making up a story about being attacked Friday night and knocked unconscious.

Sheriff Bob Mosier said in a news release Saturday that Jake Dooley, 22, of Marshall, has been relieved of duty after  claiming to have been assaulted. Dooley is charged with falsely summoning law enforcement and with obstruction of justice.  The search for a dark SUV initially reported to have been involved in the roadside assault, has been called off.

Dooley was found lying by the side of the road by a passerby Friday evening.  He was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.

According to the release, “Detectives thoroughly and vigorously investigated the allegation and determined the incident reported by the deputy was false."

“Sheriff Mosier would like to recognize the tremendous amount of support the sheriff’s office received when the original report was made public,” the release went on to say. “We recognize the support of our citizens, law enforcement family and partners, local government, news organizations and community corporate partners. Support in the form of messages, food, reward offerings and other things were overwhelming. That support makes it even more difficult but know your sheriff will do the right thing always.”

The Sheriff's office says Dooley was released on $10,000 unsecured bond Saturday afternoon and transported to a “regional facility” for a mental health evaluation.  He had been employed full-time with the sheriff’s office since January and had previously interned with the sheriff’s office as a college student.