Bangor woman indicted in sexual assault case

Posted Jan. 27, 2010, at 8:02 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor woman who admitted she sexually assaulted a male acquaintance and then poured scalding water on his bare back in late November was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury.

Laura M. Smith, 27, is charged with elevated aggravated assault and gross sexual assault in connection with the bizarre Dec. 9 incident at an apartment on First Street. She has been held on $50,000 bail at Penobscot County Jail since her arrest and was still there on Wednesday, according to a jail official.

The victim, a 43-year-old male, has been hospitalized since the assault, but Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts said his condition has improved considerably in recent weeks.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred after a night of heavy drinking, according to court documents. At some point in the evening of Nov. 28, the victim had passed out and when he woke up, he had severe burns on his back, a perforated bowel and other internal injuries. He told police he didn’t remember what happened.

A witness who attended the party, however, told police that Smith sodomized the man with a long wooden dowel and then laughed about it. She then heated water in a microwave and poured hot water on the victim’s back, according to the witness. She reportedly did this several times and also kicked the victim repeatedly in the abdomen.

Smith later turned herself in to police and admitted to assaulting the victim. At her initial court appearance, her attorney, Dennis Hamrick, said his client suffered from mild mental retardation, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and a sleeping disorder.

Smith will be formally arraigned on the charges next month, although a date has not been set. Elevated aggravated assault is a Class A felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Gross sexual assault is a Class B crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.