UMaine student charged with domestic violence assault

Posted Sept. 19, 2011, at 6 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — A University of Maine student was arrested on campus last week after a woman reported to police that she had been assaulted in his campus apartment, university spokesman Joe Carr said Monday.

Henry H. Simpkins Jr., 22, was arrested just before 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, and charged with domestic violence assault.

“She alleges he struck her with an open hand,” Carr said.

The assault was reported to police at about 3:25 a.m. Thursday and occurred at Simpkins’ residence in the Doris Twitchell Allen Village, Carr said.

“They found him later on campus and brought him to the police station and arrested him there,” he said.

Simpkins has several convictions on his record, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News. In the last four years, he has been convicted of driving more than 30 mph over the speed limit, operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, failing to notify police of a motor vehicle accident, operating a vehicle without a license, failing to make an oral or written accident report, and transporting liquor onto or off a premises.

He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail after his arrest and later was released, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)