Vermont caseworker indicted for unlawful sexual contact with Bangor girl

Posted Aug. 28, 2013, at 3:21 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 28, 2013, at 5:31 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A caseworker from the Vermont Department for Children and Families was indicted Wednesday by a Penobscot County grand jury on one count of unlawful sexual contact, a Class B crime.

Jeffrey Parfitt, 26, of Middlebury, Vt., allegedly “performed an unnecessary and inappropriate examination” of a juvenile female living in Bangor in July, according to a press release issued by Bangor police.

Parfitt visited the home of the girl and her father in order to follow up with the child about her current living situation in Maine, the release said. The caseworker allegedly asked the father to leave the home to allow for privacy.

“The Vermont Department for Children and Families has placed Mr. Parfitt on administrative leave; collaborated with the Bangor police on necessary investigations; and reviewed the safety of children and youth Mr. Parfitt had contact with as part of his official duties,” Dave Yacovone, commissioner of the Vermont Department for Children and Families, said in the release.

A date for Parfitt’s arraignment has not been set.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

In an unrelated case, Geary S. Bonville, 74, of Presque Isle was indicted on one count of bribery in official and political matters.

The charge stemmed from a July 28 incident in Chester when Bonville allegedly tried to bribe Penobscot County Deputy Michael Knight to avoid being given traffic tickets, according to a previously published report.

As the deputy was writing citations for an expired inspection sticker and expired registration, Bonville approached the cruiser, took a pair of $100 bills out of his pockets and dropped them into Knight’s lap, and “asked if he could make [the tickets] go away,” Penobscot County Chief Deputy Troy Morton told the Bangor Daily News last month.

A date for Bonville’s arraignment has not been set.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up $10,000.

Also indicted Wednesday were:

Ernest Ashlock, 57, Bangor, arson.

Carlos Ascencio-Cabezas, 28, Old Town, arson, aggravated criminal mischief, criminal mischief, theft by unauthorized taking.

Rhett R. Bartlett, 33, Bangor, burglary, violation of condition of release, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, operating after suspension.

David M. Bouchard, 24, Bangor, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Robert M. Brideau, 44, Milford, operating after revocation, failure to stop for an officer, violation of condition of release.

Nicole L. Cassetta, 31, Portland, two counts of receiving stolen property, theft by unauthorized taking, stealing drugs, two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, operating after suspension.

John D. Clark III, 30, Bangor, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, two counts of failure to appear.

Rachel M. Guimond, 31, Old Town, driving to endanger, assault, operating after suspension, criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants, unauthorized use of property, two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated criminal mischief, criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest, reckless conduct two counts of domestic violence reckless conduct, assault.

Richard E. Harper, 38, West Enfield, three counts of unlawful sexual contact, unlawful sexual touching, domestic violence assault.

Brittany Lalime, 19, Dexter, unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Tammy L. Larlee, 45, Lincoln, four counts of gross sexual assault, four counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Jason L. Lary, aka, Jason Larry, 32, St. Albans, operating after revocation.

Joshua Randell Nickerson, 33, Dexter, domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening.

Caitlin Philbrick, 22, Bangor, burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, theft by unauthorized taking.

Harold Rogers, 43, Bangor, aggravated criminal mischief, aggravated assault, violation of condition of release.

Gregory A. Rush, 34, Exeter, passing a roadblock, criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants, failure to stop for an officer, driving to endanger.

Dylan Sadlowski, 21, Dexter, burglary, criminal trespass.

Ronald Searles, 26, Lincoln, two counts of burglary, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Anthony J. Spellman, 49, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking, failure to appear.

John St. Louis, 31, Stetson, violation of sex offender registration.

Perry E. Thomley Jr., 48, Bangor, domestic violence criminal threatening, domestic violence assault, criminal trespass, criminal mischief.

Joseph A. Webber, 45, Mariaville, domestic violence assault, violation of a protective order, refusing to submit to arrest.

Angus Worchester, 48, Athens, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

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