Man accused of escaping rehab before kidnapping, assaulting woman due in court

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Everett Simpson, the Vermont man charged with kidnapping a woman and her son and later sexually assaulting the woman is scheduled to make his initial appearance Tuesday in federal court in Burlington.

Simpson is charged with leaving a Bradford drug abuse treatment center Jan. 4 and traveling to Manchester, New Hampshire, where the alleged kidnapping took place.

Simpson is accused of bringing the woman and her son back to a White River Junction hotel and assaulting 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.

Ater 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. 

Simpson is due to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Conroy in Burlington on Tuesday.

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