ROCKLAND, Maine — A Camden woman who was the victim of a brutal sexual assault three years ago has asked a judge to award her $1.5 million in a civil lawsuit against the man serving a 55-year sentence for the attack.
The woman testified Wednesday in Knox County Superior Court at a hearing to consider the amount of damages that should be assessed against 47-year-old Bradley Lemay.
The woman — who is not being named by the BDN because she was the victim of a sex crime — said the sexual assault changed her life.
“I find that the safest way to be is not to be around anyone. I am surprised there are not more hermits,” the woman told Justice Jeffrey Hjelm, who was hearing the case.
The convictions stem from an attack in June 2010 against the Camden woman at her home.
The woman filed the lawsuit in March 2012 against Lemay and Corey A. Prock of Nobleboro and Lise M. Prock, also known as Lisa M. Brockett, of Randolph. The Procks had been hired by the Camden woman to do lawn work and general cleaning at her home and another she owns that she rents to other people. She sued the Procks because she claimed they employed Lemay to do some of the work and introduced him to her in the spring of 2010 without notifying her of his violent criminal record.
Lemay had been released from Maine State Prison four months before the Camden assault after having served 21 years for kidnapping and gross sexual assault in York County.
The Camden woman’s attorney, C. Donald Briggs III of Rockport, said Wednesday that she has settled with the Procks, but that he could not reveal the terms of the settlement.
Briggs also said that he will await the judge’s decision on damages against Lemay before determining what if any assets Lemay has to cover the damages.
According to police reports and testimony at the trial, Lemay entered the woman’s home at night, held her at knifepoint, punched her in the face and sexually assaulted her over the next four hours. The victim called 911 after her assailant left the home and she gave a description of the vehicle he was driving. A short while later, when police tried to pull over a vehicle matching the description, it sped off, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph on rural roads in Knox County. The pursuit ended in Rockland, where Lemay was apprehended at gunpoint.
The woman told the judge Wednesday that before the sexual assault she was a happy, optimistic and creative person. She said she has lost that creativity. She has given up a successful photography business because she does not want to meet new people, the woman testified.
The Knox County Jail had sent officers over to the Maine State Prison Wednesday morning to pick up Lemay, but the prison contacted the transport officer as he was on the way and said Lemay was refusing to go. He did not appear in court and was not represented by anyone.
The court had arranged for the woman to testify by video if Lemay had appeared in court for the hearing. She said she could not be in the same room as him.
The woman said she still fears for her safety and worries that he will get out of prison sometime. Lemay tried to escape in July 2010 from the Knox County Jail In Rockland before he was sentenced to prison for the sexual assault. But he didn’t make it out of the jail’s exercise yard, falling and injuring himself while trying to scale a razor-wire-topped fence.
Justice Hjelm said Wednesday that he would review the testimony and issue a ruling by the end of the month.
To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.