A former Northeast Kingdom Human Services mental health worker charged with sexual assault on a child in Texas is headed back to the Lone Star State. Kevin Godfrey, 43, was arrested at his home in Concord on Friday and then released after posting $5,000 bail pending Monday’s fugitive from justice hearing in Essex Superior Court. Godfrey, who once worked closely with the Vermont State Police in St. Johnsbury, appeared for the Monday hearing in front of Judge Justin Jiron who approved a plan offered by Godfrey’s defense attorney and conditions of release requested by Essex County State’s Attorney Vince Illuzzi. “I’ve been in touch with Mr. Godfrey’s Texas counsel and with Mr. Illuzzi,” said Attorney David Sleigh of St. Johnsbury. “I’ve advised Mr. Godfrey that the best thing for him to do is to resolve the arrest warrant by appearing in Texas. To that end, he has secured a one-way ticket to San Angelo – which is in Texas – and only a short distance from the courthouse that issued the warrant.” Attorney Sleigh asked the court to release Godfrey on a largely unsecured two-part appearance bond – one in the amount of $50,000 secured with 10% cash ($5,000) and a second unsecured appearance bond in the amount of $200,000. “That would roughly equate to the amount of the arrest warrant bond currently pending in Texas,” said Attorney Sleigh. Godfrey has already retained a defense lawyer in Texas who is negotiating with Texas prosecutors about setting conditions of release once he arrives.
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