Charles J. Willoughby, Jr., Esq., has served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia since 2014. Currently, he serves as the Deputy Chief of the Case Initiation Unit of the General Crimes Section, supervising AUSAs handling the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes and other felony matters in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Before his current role, Mr. Willoughbly served as a Deputy Chief in the Misdemeanor Unit of the General Crimes Section. Before assuming a supervisory role, he served as an AUSA prosecuting various criminal matters, including cybercrimes and homicides in the District of Columbia. He was the inaugural recipient of the AUSA Association's Patricia J. Smoot Award (2021) for demonstrating great leadership, a commitment to inclusiveness, and passion for the mission of the Office.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Willoughby served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the Virgin Islands Department of Justice, where he managed and prosecuted cases involving drugs, weapons, domestic violence, homicide, and other violent crimes. He also practiced criminal and civil law at a firm in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mr. Willoughby is a native of the District of Columbia. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College and Belmont University and his Juris Doctor degree from the Howard University School of Law.