Officials: Former Vt. state child support specialist violated terms of release

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BENNINGTON, VT >> A former state employee accused of selling heroin where she worked has violated her terms of release, according to court documents.

Kacey E. Caprari, 35, a former child support specialist, was arrested last month for drug possession in her hometown of North Adams, Mass., according to a probable cause report by Bennington Police Det. Andrew Hunt of the Vermont Drug Task Force.

She was arrested by Bennington police on Oct. 26 and on Monday pleaded not guilty in Bennington County Superior Court, Criminal Division to a charge of violating terms of release.

Hunt wrote that he learned from a North Adams Police Department detective that Caprari was arrested and charged with possessing heroin drug paraphernalia.

On Oct. 24, a North Adams police officer responded to a medical call of an unconscious female in a vehicle in the McDonalds parking lot on Union Street, Hunt wrote in his report. Upon the officer's arrival, the calling party said the woman in the car was sleeping and that there was no emergency.

Upon approaching the woman, who was identified as Caprari, the officer observed an uncapped hypodermic needle in the vehicle as well as a small red rubber band and several wax bags on the driver side floor.

A search of Caprari's vehicle yielded 77 wax heroin bags, six needles, a spoon with heroin and cocaine residue, a glass pipe commonly used to smoke crack cocaine, and other pieces of cocaine and heroin paraphernalia.

Caprari was arrested and charged with allegedly possessing heroin and cocaine. She told the officer that she had used cocaine that day and she had planned to use narcotics as a way to commit suicide.

She was released on bail from the North Adams Police Department to appear in court at a later date.

Caprari was initially arrested on July 27 by Bennington police at the State Office Complex on after a multi-agency investigation.

A confidential informant told local authorities that he or she witnessed Caprari sell heroin to another person.

According to one woman arrested by North Adams police on July 25, Caprari would sell heroin to people on her case load, while at the Office of Child Support.

At the time, Caprari admitted to selling heroin to the individual, who was once on her case load but was no longer, on a few occasions. Police found empty heroin bags labeled "BRAINSTORM" and "BEST MAN," needles and other paraphernalia.

Caprari was ordered by the court in July to not have any new offenses while the case is open and must not buy, have or use regulated drugs without a valid prescription.

New conditions of release are that she must report to Bennington police on Saturdays, maintain pre-trial services on her Massachusetts case, and continue substanse abuse treatment.

Ken Schatz, commissioner of the Department for Children and Families, told the Banner in July that Caprari was "off payroll," an employment status within the department which means she is not being paid but remains employed.

An employee search on the state's website on Monday did not have Caprari listed as a state employee.

A status conference at Bennington Superior Court, Criminal Division is scheduled for Dec. 1. She is represented by the Bennington County Public Defender's Office.

Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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