April 07, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Bangor man held on rape charges> Suspect claims sex was consensual

A Bangor man was arrested earlier this week after he allegedly raped a woman who had been staying at his apartment.

Scott M. Marsh, 22, was charged with gross sexual assault and assault after an incident Monday night.

The victim told Bangor police Officer Russell Twaddell and Detective Larry Weber that she had come to Bangor looking for a job and an apartment Monday and that Marsh had offered to put her up for the night.

Marsh offered to give her a back rub after she had taken a shower, she told police. Despite her admonishments that it was only to be a back rub, the woman said, Marsh began kissing her. When she resisted, Marsh held her down and reportedly slammed her against the bed several times, she said.

After the woman began kicking and screaming for him to stop, she said, Marsh punched her in the left arm and thigh. Twaddell reported finding red marks on the woman’s left wrist and forearm and on her left thigh.

The woman said Marsh forced her to have sex and held his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams. Afterward, the woman told police, she went to a neighbor’s apartment and the police were called.

Confronted by police in his apartment, Marsh said the sex had been consensual and that the red marks on the woman’s body had been part of their lovemaking.

He reported that earlier the two went out to eat, went shopping and visited the airport to watch airplanes. Marsh said at home they listened to a tape he had bought her that evening and drank some wine. —-

A buildup of oil in a furnace at the new Hermon High School sent flames and smoke out the school’s chimney around 4 p.m. Wednesday and sent several area fire departments to the school.

Although no damage was reported to the building, fear of fire at the expansive school brought in firefighters from not only Hermon but Levant, Hampden and Bangor as well.

Doors around the school were opened to remove smoke from inside.

“There was a lot of extra smoke and fire that wasn’t supposed to be there,” reported Hermon Fire Chief Larry Willis, who speculated that a delayed ignition in the furnace caused the fire-and-smoke show.

— Compiled by Doug Kesseli


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