Sexual assault charges filed

ELLSWORTH — A man sent to prison Jan. 6 for attempted murder and other charges in a December 2020 Trenton robbery has been charged with a dozen counts of gross sexual assault.

Penobscot County Deputy District Attorney Mark Rucci said half of the charges are Class A and half are Class B.

“Basically, Larry Smith is charged with several counts of Class A gross sexual assault of a child under 14 and several counts of Class B gross sexual assaults,” Rucci said.

“It is the same victim, and the crimes took place between 1994 and 1996,” the prosecutor said.
Smith’s bail, even though he is incarcerated serving an eight-year prison sentence, was set at $100,000 cash.

“It’s academic, but we still set it,” Rucci said.

The case was investigated by Bangor Police Detective Jeremy Brock.

Justice Robert Murray sentenced Smith on Jan. 6 for his part in a 2020 robbery at a Trenton residence.

Armed with a .22-caliber handgun, Smith shot one victim in both knees and shot another victim in the back, abdomen and face, said District Attorney Matt Foster during the hearing.

Smith, 52, of Milbridge, pleaded no contest to the charges, which include elevated aggravated assault and robbery.
The inmate told The American in December that he has throat cancer and wants to use Maine’s Death with Dignity Act to end his suffering.

Ellsworth attorney Steven Juskewitch had represented Smith in the Trenton case, but it isn’t clear yet who is representing him in the rape cases. Juskewitch was not aware of them.

Smith’s wife and co-defendant in the Trenton robbery, Sherry Smith, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, all but eight suspended, last fall.

Jennifer Osborn

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