Dressed in a red jumpsuit with the word “booking” scrawled across his back, Everett Simpson faced a Vermont judge Tuesday.
Simpson, who was taken into custody last month in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, is accused of going on an interstate crime spree that involved abduction and sexual assault.
His is an “exceedingly serious case,” said Magistrate Judge John Conroy.
Police accuse Simpson of abducting a woman and her 5-year old son at a Manchester, New Hampshire mall and sexually assaulting the woman in a White River Junction hotel room on January 5th.
This was after police say he left court-ordered substance abuse treatment in Bradford, Vt.
He was captured in the Philadelphia suburb of Upper Darby Township on January 6th.
Simpson is accused of several crimes there, including stealing a vehicle and reckless endangerment.
His initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Burlington Tuesday was in connection to a charge of knowingly and willingly kidnapping and transporting victim in interstate commerce.
In response to a motion for detention filed by the government, Simpson’s defense attorney David McColgin argued Simpson should be released on conditions because of his “strong ties” to Vermont and be placed in an in-patient drug treatment program.
“His erratic behavior and refusal to abide by laws and conditions of supervision heavily weigh in favor of detention,” wrote U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan in the motion for detention, noting Simpson previously was ordered to reside at the Valley Vista facility as a condition of release and left the facility without permission.
Judge Conroy agreed, acknowledging Simpson’s risk of flight, prior convictions and danger to community.
He granted the government’s motion.
“It is clear that continued detention is warranted in this matter,” he said.
McColgin, Simpson’s attorney, declined to comment.
Simpson is scheduled to be back in court February 22nd for a probable cause hearing.