VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigations/Fugitive from justice, resulting from sexual assault charges in Texas

STATE OF VERMONT

MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE

CAS #: 21A405953

TROOPER: Detective Trooper Kelsey Knapp, assisted by detectives assigned to St. Johnsbury Barracks

STATION: Royalton Barracks / St. Johnsbury Barracks

CONTACT NUMBER: 802-748-3111

DATE/TIME: 02/25/2022 at 2 p.m.

LOCATION: Concord, Vermont

VIOLATION: Fugitive from justice, stemming from Texas sexual assault charges

ACCUSED: Kevin Godfrey

AGE: 43 years old

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Concord, VT

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On February 25, 2022, at approximately 2 p.m., Kevin Godfrey was arrested as a fugitive from justice at his home in Concord, Vermont, by soldiers and detectives assigned to St. Johnsbury Barracks. The fugitive from justice charge stems from a Texas state arrest warrant that charges Godfrey with continuous child molestation: victim under 14; and child sexual abuse.

Godfrey previously worked for Northeast Kingdom Human Services as a mental health social worker and was embedded with the Vermont State Police at St. Johnsbury Barracks. His access to state facilities was immediately revoked in December 2021 when VSP learned of an active investigation involving Godfrey in Texas.

On December 3, 2021, the San Angelo, Texas Police Department requested assistance in interviewing Godfrey as he was a suspect in a child sexual abuse case they were investigating. The San Angelo Police Department had learned that Godfrey resided in Concord, Vermont, although they were unaware that Godfrey was working in partnership with the Vermont State Police.

The Vermont State Police partners with local mental health agencies to select mental health social workers to be assigned to the VSP barracks. Social workers are employees of these individual agencies and then, in conjunction with VSP, are assigned to work with soldiers at a particular barracks.

In this case, Godfrey was hired by Northeast Kingdom Human Services and began working at St. Johnsbury Barracks in early December 2020. When VSP became aware of the Texas allegations upon notification from San Angelo Police, VSP informed Northeast Kingdom Human Services of the complaint. , and Godfrey’s access to state police facilities was immediately suspended on December 3, 2021.

The Vermont State Police supported Northeast Kingdom Social Services and Texas law enforcement authorities as needed in the investigation of the complaint. Detectives from outside the St. Johnsbury barracks were assigned to interview Godfrey in an effort to assist Texas authorities. Godfrey was interviewed on December 3, 2021, the date the request was made.

Information gleaned from the interview was shared with Texas authorities, who subsequently secured a grand jury indictment earlier this month, which resulted in the issuance of an arrest warrant. against Godfrey. Once VSP was made aware of the arrest warrant, efforts were made to locate and arrest Godfrey. On February 25, 2022, at approximately 2 p.m., Godfrey was found at his home in Concord and taken into custody without incident.

Godfrey has been jailed at the Northeast Regional Correctional Institution in St. Johnsbury and is scheduled for arraignment on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. The Honorable Justice Justin Jiron has set bail at $5,000.

Vermont State Police is unable to provide additional comment. The probable cause affidavit will be filed with the court and made public after Godfrey is arraigned. Members of the media should call the court clerk’s office prior to the arraignment to confirm hearing details.

LEGAL ACTION: Yes

HEARING DATE: 02/28/2022 scheduled at 12:30 p.m.

COURT: Essex County Superior Court Criminal Division – Held at the Caledonia County Superior Court Criminal Division.

LOCATION: Northeast Regional Correctional Facility

Deposit: $5,000.00

MUG SHOT: Yes

*Please note that the date and time of the hearing are subject to change at the discretion of the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm the arraignment time.

Mark M. Gagnon