June 16, 2019

1993 sexual assault results in suit against 82-year-old Thomaston man

ROCKLAND — A Thomaston man has been sued for $500,000 as a result of a 1993 sexual assault.

In Knox County Superior Court on Tuesday, Scott A. Lindsay, 20, of Dover, N. H., filed the damage suit against Oram H. Simpson, 82, of Thomaston, charging harmful and offensive sexual contact, negligence, emotional distress, imprisonment, fraud and sexual assault.

Simpson was convicted of gross sexual assault of Lindsay on March 30, 1994, in Knox County Superior Court and was sentenced to a year in jail, all suspended. He was placed on two years probation with lengthy conditions and ordered to pay Lindsay $1,000 in restitution for counseling.

Rockland attorney Robert Levine said Tuesday that he and his client had not seen the suit and declined comment. Levine defended Simpson during the court case.

The suit states that Lindsay answered Simpson’s ad for a male companion in the Sanford Journal Tribune on Aug. 6, 1993. The ad stated that Simpson was looking for a man to do lawn work, driving and other chores. Lindsay took a taxi from Sanford to Thomaston where Simpson bought him a 1986 Plymouth Turisimo for $1,200 cash, the suit stated.

The two men had drinks and played a game of cribbage while watching adult movies, the suit stated. Lindsay passed out as a result of the “spiked” drinks and awoke to a sexual assault by Simpson, the suit stated. Lindsay ran into a bedroom, locked the door and escaped through a window.

He filed a complaint with Sanford police who then secretly recorded a telephone conversation between the two men, according to the suit.

According to the suit, Lindsay has suffered “severe emotional and psychological damage, had his reputation tarnished and his life disrupted.”

The suit contains an affidavit from Valerie Garvin, the victim’s mother, which states that Lindsay has started smoking and using drugs and alcohol since the incident. Lindsay has also exhibited “assaultive behavior” and has experienced tremors and nightmares since the incident, the affidavit said.

The suit also seeks a $500,000 attachment of Simpson’s assets.

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