A former Northeast Kingdom Human Services mental health worker has been arrested

A former Northeast Kingdom Human Services mental health worker has been arrested as a fugitive from justice after being charged in the state of Texas with sexual assault on a child under the age of 14 and sexual abuse of a child. Kevin Godfrey, 43, was arrested Friday at his home in Concord. On Feb. 9, Texas authorities issued an arrest warrant for Godfrey with bail set at $250,000. Godfrey was then lodged at Northeast Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury early Friday evening.  Godfrey is scheduled to be arraigned as a fugitive today at 12:30 p.m. in Essex Superior Court.  Godfrey previously worked for Northeast Kingdom Human Services as a mental health caseworker. But his access to state facilities was immediately revoked in December of 2021 when state police learned of the active investigation involving Godfrey in Texas. Godfrey is no longer employed by Northeast Kingdom Human Services. According to public documents, Godfrey allegedly assaulted a 13-year-old girl while they were camping in a tent in Godfrey’s back yard in San Angelo in April of 2015. The police affidavit also indicates that another child witnessed the alleged crime. State Police said on Friday in a press release that the San Angelo Police Department contacted Vermont authorities December and requested assistance in interviewing Godfrey because he was a suspect in the child sex abuse case. While the San Angelo Police Department learned that Godfrey resided in Vermont, they were unaware that Godfrey was working in partnership with the Vermont State Police.  Once VSP officials were made aware of the arrest warrant, Godfrey was located at his home in Concord and taken into custody without incident.