Vermont case worker charged with sexually assaulting child

6:11 PM, Aug 29, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- A caseworker from Vermont's Department of Children and Families has been indicted on a felony sex crime against a child here in Bangor.

26-year-old Jefferey Parfitt of Middlebury Vermont was indicted by a Penobscot County Grand Jury Wednesday on one count of felony unlawful sexual contact.   According to police Parfitt made a visit to a home in Bangor in order to follow-up with the child about her current living situation here in Maine.

The complaint was that Parfitt performed an unnecessary and inappropriate examination of the child after asking the father to leave the residence to allow for privacy. NEWS CENTER spoke with the Commissioner of the State of Vermont Department for Children and Families Dave Yacovone late Thursday afternoon. The commissioner says Parfitt is on administrative leave, and the department is cooperating with the investigation and conducting their own investigation as well. 

He says this case is shocking and disturbing. Commissioner Yacovone says Parfitt began working for the department as a social worker in the winter of 2012 and passed all criminal background checks.  He says the department has contacted the 18 families from Parfitt's case load and have uncovered no safety concerns. 

While Yacovone says that Parfitt was authorized to go to Maine to do a follow up visit with this family, he stressed that Vermont case workers are not allowed to examine children alone while no one else is present.



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