May 22, 2018
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Woman pleads guilty in sex assault, burning

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor woman who admitted to sexually assaulting a male acquaintance and pouring scalding water on his bare back last November pleaded guilty Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to charges stemming from the bizarre incident.

A sentencing date was not set Monday. It is expected to be scheduled for early August, according to Michael Robert, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County.

Laura M. Smith, 27, pleaded guilty Monday to elevated aggravated assault and gross sexual assault in connection with the event at an apartment on First Street. The victim, a 43-year-old man, was hospitalized for more than a month, according to reports previously published in the Bangor Daily News.

The charges resulted from an incident that occurred after a night of heavy drinking, according to court documents. At some point on the evening of Nov. 28, the victim passed out and when he woke up, he had severe burns on his back, a perforated bowel and other internal injuries.

Information about the victim’s recovery was not available late Monday.

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. Later, Smith admitted heating water in a microwave, pouring hot water on the victim’s back and kicking him repeatedly in the abdomen.

About a week later, Smith turned herself in to police and admitted she had assaulted the man, according to previous reports.

Smith has been held at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make her $50,000 bail since her arrest in early December.

Gross sexual assault is a Class A crime punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. Elevated aggravated assault is a Class B crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fine of up to $20,000.

Smith’s plea agreement with prosecutors calls for her to spend no more than 12 years in prison. She has no previous criminal record, Roberts said.

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