Vermont caseworker pleads not guilty to having sexual contact with Maine girl

Posted Sept. 11, 2013, at 2:04 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 11, 2013, at 5:44 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A caseworker from the Vermont Department for Children and Families pleaded not guilty Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to one count of unlawful sexual contact.

Jeffrey Parfitt, 26, of Middlebury, Vt., allegedly “performed an unnecessary and inappropriate examination” of a girl under the age of 12 living in Bangor in July, according to the indictment.

Bail was set at $1,500 cash. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Nov. 7.

His bail conditions include no contact with the victim or minors.

Parfitt appeared in court with his attorney David Paris of Bath.

The Vermont man was indicted last month by the Penobscot County grand jury on the Class B crime.

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, Bangor police said last month in a press release. The caseworker allegedly asked the father to leave the home to allow for privacy during his visit.

Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said that investigators in Vermont are reviewing Parfitt’s cases. He has not been charged in that case, the prosecutor said Wednesday.

Because Parfitt crossed state lines to see the child, he could be charged in federal court in Vermont or Maine.

“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.

Parfitt has no criminal history, Roberts said.

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

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