OLD TOWN, Maine — Over a period of several days last week, Shilo Hodge hurt the woman he is engaged to marry, leaving behind bruises on the outside and injuries on the inside that are not as visible, Sgt. Travis Roy said Tuesday.
Old Town police originally charged Hodge, 32, with felony unlawful sexual contact and assault on April 21, but the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office upgraded the charges, the sergeant said.
“After the DA reviewed it, they changed it to Class A gross sexual assault and domestic violence assault,” Roy said.
The 40-year-old victim “was very, very upset and very intimidated by him,” he said.
She told investigating officers that Hodge watched every move she made and that she was “controlled by him.”
“That is why she waited to call” until after he left the home they share, Roy said.
When Hodge got on the city bus heading to Bangor last week, the injured woman called police.
“She revealed both domestic assaults and sexual assaults that had taken place over the last couple days,” Roy said. “She had several very visible bruises. We called in a female officer to help minimize the impact as much as you can.”
Police also collected evidence from the residence, and Hodge was arrested when he returned home, the sergeant said.
“She refused medical care at that time,” so Old Town police arranged for her to be treated the following day if she changed her mind, Roy said.
Assistant District Attorney Alice Clifford, who is handling the Hodge case, was on vacation last week and said Tuesday that she is still reviewing the case file and had no comment.
After Hodge was arrested, he was taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. Bail was set at $2,000 cash and he remained in jail as of late Tuesday afternoon, a jail official said.
His next scheduled court date is June 13 at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
If convicted of felony gross sexual assault, Hodge could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.