Man found not guilty of threatening girlfriend charged in jail assault

Posted Jan. 27, 2012, at 4:07 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local man found not guilty last week of threatening his girlfriend while on he was bath salts has been charged with assaulting a corrections official and a fellow inmate at Penobscot County Jail.

Jeremy Lau, 35, of Bangor, who is serving a five-month sentence for an assault conviction, was found not guilty of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon by Superior Court Justice William Anderson on Jan. 18 after a one-day jury-waived trial.

Lau allegedly threatened his girlfriend with a kitchen knife and then cut himself across his neck in October at her Stillwater Avenue apartment, according to a previously published report.

Anderson found that the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office had not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the girlfriend felt threatened, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said last week.

Lau remains at Penobscot County Jail serving the five-month sentence for the previous assault conviction. Information about that incident was not available Friday.

Bail on the new charges was set earlier this week at $10,000 on the assault on a corrections officer, a Class B crime, and $7,000 on the assault charge, a Class C crime. If convicted, Lau faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the more serious charge of assaulting a corrections officer.

Lau is expected to be indicted next month by the Penobscot County grand jury on the new charges.