Middlebury caretaker indicted for unlawful sexual contact

BANGOR, Maine — A grand jury in Bangor, Maine, last week indicted Jeffrey Parfitt, 26, of Middlebury, Vt., on one count of class B felony unlawful sexual contact.
The Bangor Police Department issued a press release that said it received a complaint in July from a Bangor parent that a Parfitt, a caseworker with the Vermont Department for Children and Families, made a visit to their home in order to follow up with his juvenile daughter about her current living situation in Maine. The complaint was that the male caseworker performed an unnecessary and inappropriate examination of the child after asking the father to leave the residence to allow for privacy.
Detectives Tim Cotton and Brent Beaulieu went to Vermont on Aug. 14 and interviewed Parfitt. The result of the investigation was reviewed by the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office and on Aug. 28 the case was presented to the grand jury, which handed down the indictment.
Dave Yacovone, commissioner of the Vermont Department for Children and Families, said his agency was responding to the charge.
“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,” he said in a prepared statement.

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