Special Prosecutor to Review Delgaudio Aide Complaint
After pressure from a local PAC and county Democrats, a legal investigation moves forward.
Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman on Thursday requested the Loudoun Circuit Court to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate a complaint made by a former legislative aide to Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R).
The request came after the Loudoun County Attorney’s office provided additional materials provided to the Commonwealth’s Attorney. A previous review did not result in further legal action, but a lawsuit by the Real Advocate political action committee revealed that additional information existed that the Plow’s office had not reviewed.
A Circuit Court judge appointed Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theophani Stamos to the case. Copies of Plowman’s motion and the Court’s order can be found online.
Because of recent developments, Loudoun County Attorney John R. “Jack” Roberts has suspended an administrative county review of related issues.
Real Advocated consists of former members of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee. The LCDC has also criticized the county’s handling of the accusations from the aide. The aide has said she performed private and campaign work for Delgaudio while employed as a county aide for the supervisor. While the county review would have focused on the potential violation of administrative policy, the court’s action could result in legal action.
The LCDC praised the appointment of Stamos. And while Real Advocate’s actions resulted in the disclosure that the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office had not reviewed all of the information provided by Delgaudio’s aide to County Chairman Scott K. York, that information has not been made public. The information is, however, part of the special prosecutor’s file on the case.
No charges have been filed in the case as of Nov 9.