Cambridge man with sex crimes history charged with stalking 17-year-old boy

2013-02-16T10:30:00Z Cambridge man with sex crimes history charged with stalking 17-year-old boyED TRELEVEN | Wisconsin State Journal | | 608-252-6134

A state-registered sex offender was charged Friday with stalking for an alleged obsession with a 17-year-old grocery store worker that had started last summer, according to a criminal complaint.

Phillip J. Godfrey, 46, of Cambridge, was also charged with exposing a child to harmful descriptions after he made sexually explicit statements to him as the boy worked in a Cambridge grocery store, the complaint states. Godfrey was arrested on Monday night.

Godfrey was jailed on $6,000 bail after appearing in court on Friday.

According to the complaint:

The boy told police that in the middle of August, when he was still 16 years old, Godfrey began seeking him out and "it started to get personal." He seemed to know the boy's schedule and came to the store when he was working, often lingering to talk to the boy.

The boy also said Godfrey approached him three times at gas stations in Cambridge, the last time in October. He told police that the conversations followed a predictable pattern that were just "weird" at first, but the tone of the questions became "worse and worse," veering into things the boy said "you don't talk about even to your friends, let alone a stranger."

Assistant District Attorney Shelly Rusch said that because Godfrey uses aliases and different Social Security numbers his complete criminal record was difficult to track down.

But she said Godfrey has three prior sex crimes on his record, including second-degree sexual assault, and has had his supervision and probation revoked on multiple occasions for various violations that landed him back in prison. She said he has been out of prison since 2006.

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