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October 19, 2020

Former deputy pleads guilty to faking roadside attack

Jake P. Dooley must make restitution of $4,021 to cover overtime for the deputies who investigated his fake report of getting attacked west of Warrenton in July.
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Staff Journalist
A former Fauquier sheriff’s deputy will spend no time in jail on a misdemeanor charge that he had lied when telling investigators that an object thrown from a black SUV struck his head and knocked him out.

After a brief hearing Monday morning in Fauquier General District Court, Judge J. Gregory Ashwell sentenced Jake Preston Dooley of Marshall to 30 days behind bars on one count of making a false report of a crime to police but suspended all of that time.

The crime carries a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Judge Ashwell ordered Mr. Dooley to pay $4,021 in restitution to cover overtime pay for deputies who investigated the case.

As part of the former deputy’s plea agreement, the commonwealth’s attorney office dropped a misdemeanor charge against Mr. Dooley of giving false information to a criminal investigator.

That offense also carried a penalty of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Mr. Dooley, 22, and his attorney, David P. Baugh of Richmond, on Monday refused to comment on the case.

The faked incident took place Friday, July 10, at Old Waterloo and Wilson Roads west of Warrenton.

The recently-hired animal control officer eventually admitted to sheriff’s investigators that he fabricated the assault story “because he wanted to leave his law enforcement position and was looking for a way out,” according to his arrest warrant.

After getting a call from a passerby, deputies responded to the “officer down call,” Mr. Dooley’s arrest warrant states.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Mr. Dooley “face down and unresponsive,” the document says.

Medics placed Mr. Dooley in an ambulance and took him to Fauquier Hospital for treatment.

“Once in the ambulance, (Mr. Dooley) told a detective that someone had thrown something at him while driving by,” the arrest warrant states. “The unknown object had allegedly struck the defendant in the head, causing him to lose consciousness.”

Mr. Dooley left Fauquier Hospital after treatment around 11 p.m.

Investigators interviewed him the next day “to gain more specific details about the incident,” the arrest warrant states. “During the interview, (Mr. Dooley) gave inconsistent statements regarding the incident.”

The document added: “The defendant stated that he staged the assault because he wanted to leave his law enforcement position and was looking for a way out.”

Mr. Dooley quickly became unhappy with his animal control job.

In January, he got hired to perform administrative duties for the sheriff’s animal control section.

On April 20, Mr. Dooley started as an animal control officer. Less than three months later, he allegedly admitted to making up the roadside attack.

The day after the incident a magistrate released Mr. Dooley on a $10,000 unsecured bond. The former deputy went to a regional facility “for a mental health evaluation,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Fired because of the faked incident, Mr. Dooley had earned $49,080 a year, according to the county Human Resources Department.

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.
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Michael79 · October 21, 2020 at 12:43 pm
If this was a "non-enforcement" person, the jail time would be significant. Another illustration of the corruption in Fauquier County lead by the judicial system of Warrenton. As a law enforcement employee, you commit to "Protect and Serve" - Not just yourself.
Mark House · October 20, 2020 at 9:30 am
On this one I agree with SFC2019.
badelectronics · October 20, 2020 at 7:19 am
I actually agree with SFC2019.
Savefauquiercounty2019 · October 20, 2020 at 5:40 am
Where are the teachers? This wise guy was making $49,000 a year. Do the math. Divide $49,000 by 2080 (annual full time hours worked). The disparity in starting salaries of his educational expectations and a teacher with 6 years of education is appalling. Also, his character should speak volumes in theback of behavioral interviewing skills. Teachers aren't you tired of the lack of professional and ethical respect? Your work load and expectations carry over into long nights and weekends. The public has no clue how many emails and phone calls teachers have to respond too! One demanding parent can take hours and hours of your time while administrators place no boundaries or limits. This wise guy photo should be posted on every teacher's door or lawn as an example of inequality of teachers salaries.
Linda Ward · October 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm
AngryBob - Agreed, why not just quit?!
AngryBob · October 19, 2020 at 4:16 pm
Two weeks notice was too much? Weird.
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