Former state trooper charged with forgeries

(Delmarvanow.com) -- A former Virginia State trooper who helped save a toddler from traffic about a year ago now faces felony charges after police say he forged a half dozen public documents.

Johnny N. Godwin of Greenbackville was indicted by a grand jury in Accomack County in October.

He was charged with six counts of forging a public record — in these cases, the Virginia Uniform Summons, which troopers use to document traffic tickets and some misdemeanor charges, according to an explanation given by Fredericksburg, Virginia, attorney Andrew Flusche on his website,

The charges against Godwin were presented by a special prosecutor, Paul B. Ebert, the Prince William County Commonwealth's Attorney.

Godwin is charged with two counts of forging a signature on a Virginia Uniform Summons issued for Kevin Cooper Leslie — both incidents were on or about Nov. 25, 2016, according to the indictment.

Four additional charges stem from the next day and relate to forging signatures on two summonses each issued for Mitra Elizabeth English and Larry Gordon Marsh II.

Godwin has been unemployed since April 2017, according to a checklist for bail determination dated Oct. 3.

He has no prior criminal record, according to the document.

In July 2016, Godwin was off duty when he grabbed a child he spotted wandering in traffic on a busy highway.

He was traveling south on Route 13 just before 6 p.m. Saturday, July 2, on his way to take his daughter to college in Blacksburg when he saw a child about 1 to 2 years old standing in the middle of the southbound right lane near a curve in the highway in Temperanceville.

Godwin stopped his vehicle in the roadway to block traffic, got out of his vehicle "and grabbed the child out of the path of oncoming traffic as (the child) attempted to run toward the lefthand lane," 1st Sgt. B. E. Jeff Jones, Area Commander, said at the time.

Godwin stayed with the child until a Child Protective Services representative arrived.

After the grand jury indicted him on the forgery charges, Godwin turned himself in and was "polite and cooperative," the checklist noted.

He was released on $2,500 unsecured bond.

Godwin had been employed with the Virginia State Police since 1997 and had been assigned to the Eastern Shore of Virginia since 1999.

A special agent from the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation was subpoenaed in the case.

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