Judge orders Vermont kidnap, assault suspect to stay in custody

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A federal magistrate says Everett Simpson, the man charged with kidnapping a woman and her 5-year-old son in New Hampshire and later sexually assaulting the woman in Vermont, must remain in custody. 

Simpson, wearing a red prison jumpsuit, appeared in court Tuesday where Judge John Conroy agreed with prosecutors who argued there was no way to protect the public and guarantee Simpson would appear for future court appearances.

Simpson is accused of abducting the woman and her son outside the Mall of New Hampshire, near Manchester. Police say he then drove them to a White River Junction hotel and assaulted the woman in front of her son.

Police said Simpson then fled to Pennsylvania where he was apprehended after he crashed a stolen car while fleeing police. He was also charged with a variety of state offenses in Pennsylvania.

After Simpson’s arrest, Vermont State Police acknowledged that “additional steps” should have been taken in the effort to find Simpson after his alleged escape from the Valley Vista Rehabilitation Center.

The agency said it should have sought an arrest warrant the evening Simpson went missing; issued a “be on the lookout” alert sooner; and notified the public about Simpson’s escape from Valley Vista. 

The state police also suspended a seven-year veteran of the force assigned to the Saint Johnsbury Barracks for six days. 

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