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A serial smoocher in Loudoun?

The first time the smoocher struck it was just after 9 a.m. Nov. 20.

The man approached a woman jogging on Whitewater Drive in Sterling and held out his hand, as if to shake hers, Loudoun authorities said. The man then leaned in and kissed the startled jogger on the cheek.

Then, on Monday, a woman jogging in the same area was approached by a man who held out his hand to her. This time, the man kissed the jogger's hand.

Loudoun Sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell said authorities suspect the smoocher is the same man. He did not speak, and the women said he seemed a bit disoriented. So far he has not turned violent, but detectives want to find him to make sure he is not a threat. They also are concerned about the man's safety.

"Is there something physically wrong with this person,?" Troxell said. "Is it a cultural thing? Is this person just doing something that seems inappropriate here [in the United States]? Or is it more sinister?

The man is described as in his late 50s and is thought to be of Middle Eastern descent. He has short dark hair and a large nose, and was wearing all black. Anyone with information is asked to call the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office at 703-771-1021.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  November 24, 2009; 12:03 PM ET
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You're seriously calling him "the smoocher"? How about calling him what he really is--a man who goes around assaulting women. Just because it was a kiss it doesn't mean you can dismiss it and make it seem so trivial. It was invasive.

"The first time the smoocher struck it was just after 9 a.m. Nov. 20."

Ugh. Go back to journalism school.

Posted by: mNomeNa | November 24, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Didn't say if the joggers offered their hand to the man. Anyway, what law was broken?

Posted by: blasmaic | November 24, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I think the headline of the story is insulting to the fear a woman might feel in this situation. yes, a kiss on the hand is innocent enough--but if i were jogging alone and a man took my hand and pulled me toward him I would be terrified. It's a mistake to make this sound lighthearted.

Posted by: sarahtdubb | November 24, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Headlines using "Serial Smoocher" are insulting to the women attacked by this individual. The headline sounds like an individual you do not know who kisses you without permission is just a joke. I certainly don't view it that way, and do not want my young daughters to read this and think the community views unwanted advances as something to laugh about.

Posted by: Reactions | November 24, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Just wondering what happened to the handful or more of comments criticizing the reference to Serial Smoocher. I submitted a comment earlier today and read 4 or 5 others. Those seem to have been removed.

Posted by: Reactions | November 24, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

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