Indian Island man who took bus to Calais with Bangor woman indicted for rape

Posted Oct. 31, 2012, at 4:48 p.m.
Shane Sapiel
Penobscot County Jail
Shane Sapiel

BANGOR, Maine — An Indian Island man who allegedly raped a Bangor woman, then forced her to ride on a bus with him to Calais, was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury.

Shane W. Sapiel, 32, was indicted on charges of gross sexual assault, a Class A crime, and aggravated assault, a Class B crime.

His arraignment date has not been set.

Sapiel has been held at the Penboscot County Jail unable to make bail since his first court appearance on Sept. 12. At that hearing, Superior Court Justice William Anderson called the alleged knife assault and alleged rape of the 23-year-old victim on Sept. 2 at her Bangor apartment a “pretty vicious attack.”

The victim and Sapiel had met the day before through a friend but did not know each other, according to a previously published report. She told police that Sapiel “forced his way into her Hammond Street apartment just after midnight on the 2nd of September,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said in a statement issued Sept. 12. “The victim reported that Sapiel assaulted her with a knife and also sexually assaulted her.”

Sapiel threatened the victim with a knife, cut her on the face and threatened to kill her, according to a previous report. In an effort to calm him down, she agreed to accompany him on a bus to Calais.

Once there, she was able to get away from Sapiel and went to the emergency room at Calais Regional Hospital, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said in September. She was treated for her knife cuts and other injuries and released.

Sapiel was picked up by law enforcement on Sept. 5 in Washington County for violating his bail conditions and was sentenced to 48 hours in the county lockup for that offense. He was sent to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor on Sept. 7.

If convicted, Sapiel faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on the gross sexual assault charge, and up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the aggravated assault charge.

Sapiel has a long criminal history that dates to when he was 16, according to Bangor Daily News court listings.

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