BANGOR, Maine — A former Howland police chief who has been jailed since May for allegedly sexually abusing five-year-old twin girls earlier this year pleaded not guilty Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to one count of gross sexual assault and two counts of unlawful sexual contact.
Carl E. Smith, 72, of Eddington was indicted July 30 by the Penobscot County grand jury. Smith was arrested May 10 in Wells on a warrant.
He is being held at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post $100,000 cash bail set May 14 by District Court Judge Gregory Campbell.
A hearing will be held Sept. 8 on a motion to lower Smith’s bail.
Smith attorney, Stephen Smith of Bangor, said after the arraignment he would ask that bail be set at $1,000 cash.
Marianne Lynch, the assistant district attorney who is prosecuting the case, said she would oppose lowering defendant Smith’s bail.
The alleged victims are not related to Smith, according to the affidavit, but he is close to their family. Smith had babysat the girls after school and in the evenings.
The two were alone with Smith from April 25-27, according to the affidavit.
The complaint alleges the sexual assault took place on April 25 in Eddington.The alleged sexual crimes came to the attention of the Maine State Police through school officials, who are mandated reporters.
Smith was the police chief in Howland when he retired in 1988, after being in law enforcement for 18 years, according to a previously published report.
If convicted, Smith faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on the gross sexual assault charge. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 if convicted on the other counts.