FRONT ROYAL – An inmate at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail appeared in General District court Tuesday after he was accused of trying to destroy a fire sprinkler at the jail last week.

David Godfrey, 49, has been incarcerated at RSW off and on since August 2019. On Feb. 21, a criminal complaint states Godfrey “popped” the sprinkler head in an intake cell where he was the only person, and it caused sprinklers to start.

According to court documents, the sprinkler is out of reach for most people.

Godfrey has an “extremely lengthy criminal history” according to his checklist for bail determinations filled out by the magistrate. Godfrey's history dates back to an indecent exposure charge in 1992 and he was most recently incarcerated on trespassing and probation violation charges.

Judge W. Dale Houff was told by Godfrey on Tuesday that he was supposed to get out of jail soon. When Houff set Godfrey's next hearing for March 25, he asked if there was any way it could be sooner.

Houff said he didn’t see why it would be necessary to set it sooner if Godfrey still has some time to serve but told him to speak with his attorney to request an earlier hearing date.

Tampering with sprinklers at a jail facility is a felony offense.

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