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Zurn Charged with Assault

Treasurer scheduled to appear in court Feb. 21

Parents of a 10-year-old boy filed a criminal complaint against Loudoun County Treasurer H. Roger Zurn Jr., 52, Tuesday. The complaint stated that Zurn had physically removed the 10-year-old boy from his property around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The incident occurred after the two dogs the boy was walking escaped from his grasp, Kraig Troxell, Sheriff's Office Spokesperson, said.

"Apparently one of the dogs ran onto [Zurn's] property and the kid ran to retrieve the dog," Troxell said.

While property owners have the right to use reasonable force to remove someone from his or her property, Troxell said, the parents felt Zurn's action warranted a criminal complaint.

The boy and his parents are neighbors of Zurn's, who lives on Spectacular Bid Place in Leesburg.

Zurn is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Feb. 21 to hear the charges. The case will most likely be heard in juvenile and domestic relations court because of the boy's age. The hearing will not be open to the public.

The decision whether to prosecute Zurn, lies with Commonwealth Attorney James Plowman, who is one of four Republican Constitutional Officers running for re-election with Zurn this November. The other three are Sheriff Steve Simpson, Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens and Commissioner of Revenue Robert Wertz, Jr.

<1b>— Erika Jacobson