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Exchange Student Charged with Sex Crime

STAFFORD, Va. — Authorities in Stafford County say they stopped an exchange student from boarding a plane bound for his native Saudi Arabia and then charged him in connection to a sex crime.

The county’s Sheriff’s Office states the incident occurred on April 19. A location of the alleged crime was not provided.

Here is the unedited press statement released by the Sheriff’s Office:

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrest of Hamad Mastour Alsuwat, age 20, currently of Stafford County on Sunday, April 20, 2014.  Alsuwat is charged with 1 Count Object Sexual Penetration.

On Saturday, April 19, 2014 Stafford Deputy Thomas Grasso responded to an address in Stafford County for a possible domestic disturbance.  While investigating the domestic disturbance Deputy Grasso learned that Hamad Alsuwat, a foreign exchange student residing at the residence, had sexually assaulted a 17- year-old female resident.  Alsuwat was not on scene when Deputy Grasso first arrived.

Detective Tim Covington initiated an investigation and when learning that Alsuwat was a foreign exchange student, contacted the Department of Homeland Security in the chance that Alsuwat was a flight risk.  Members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested Hamad Alsuwat as he was preparing to board a flight out of Washington Dulles International Airport bound for Saudi Arabia on Sunday, April 20.

Due to the sensitive nature of this ongoing investigation no additional information will be available at this time.

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