BANGOR, Maine — A Carmel man who assaulted a 14-month-old girl in January admitted to the crime in court earlier this month and is awaiting sentencing, his lawyer said Monday.
Scott Peavey, 30, entered a guilty plea at the Penobscot Judicial Center on March 7 for the Jan. 18 crime, his attorney, Stephen Smith of Bangor, said. Peavey was charged with assault on a child under the age of 6, a Class C crime, which is punishable by up to five years behind bars and a fine of up to $5,000.
“He’s already pled and is awaiting sentencing,” Smith said.
The sentencing for Peavey was scheduled for Monday but was postponed, and may be rescheduled this week, Smith said.
A witness saw Peavey hitting the girl in a car at St. Joseph Hospital and told a security guard at the facility located between Broadway and Center Street. The witness said Peavey backhanded the toddler at least a half a dozen times, Penobscot County Assistant District Attorney Tracy Lacher said during his January bail hearing. The girl suffered a black eye, black and blue ear and fat lip, according to court documents.
Peavey was arrested at Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he and the child’s mother, who has not been charged, had taken the girl for treatment, Lacher said.
“Police described Peavey and the child’s mother as intoxicated,” the prosecutor told Superior Court Justice William Anderson.
The child was treated and then released, she said, but the treating physician described the child’s injuries as “abusive.” Anderson set Peavey’s bail at $3,000 cash or $15,000 surety.
Peavey also was indicted for assault by the Penobscot County grand jury last week.
Less than a week after his arrest, on Jan. 24, Peavey was reportedly beaten and stabbed by other inmates in the bathroom/shower area of Penobscot County Jail.
Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross said at the time that, “He was attacked by another inmate in a shower stall. He was beaten on the head and stabbed in the abdomen with a pencil.”
Ross said Monday that “detectives interviewed all the inmates in the facility” and determined that only one person could have committed the crime and that inmate denied the assault and was given a lie detector test.
“That individual passed the polygraph test,” the sheriff said. “In order to rule out self-infliction, we offered a polygraph to the complainant. He refused. In doing so we were unable to continue forward in the case. We closed that matter.”
Peavey, a registered sex offender, was released on bail at the end of January, Ross said.
“We take very seriously our obligation to make sure our clients are treated humanely by the authorities and protected from those who would do them harm,” Smith said Monday, referencing the reported jailhouse assault. “This goes doubly true even for those charged with the most heinous of crimes.”
Peavey’s bail conditions include no contact with the child and no use or possession of drugs or alcohol.
BDN reporters Judy Harrison and Andrew Neff contributed to this story.