A Camden woman has won a $1.5 million civil suit against a man serving a 65-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting her in her home.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm made the ruling in the plaintiff's favor April 29.

Attorney C. Donald Briggs III of Rockport said his client feels vindicated, and that the judgment allows her to take more control of her life.

Hjelm said the evidence clearly demonstrates monumental, life changing effects that the assault had on the plaintiff's life, and because of the heinous and malicious nature of Lemay's attack, she is entitled to a substantial award of punitive damages.

The woman filed the case in March 2012 against Bradley Lemay, who is incarcerated at the Maine State Prison in Warren, Corey A. Prock of Nobleboro and Lise M. Prock of Randolph. She filed a seven-count lawsuit including: assault, fraudulent concealment, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, negligence/failure to warn, negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

In 2008, the plaintiff began employing the Procks to perform various jobs at properties she owned in Camden, including but not limited to landscaping, mowing and general cleaning. From time to time, the Procks would bring an additional person with them in order to assist with the work. During spring 2010, the Procks brought Lemay with them to help, according to documents filed in Knox County Superior Court.

The Procks neglected and failed to inform the woman that Lemay had recently been released from prison on or about February 2010 and that he had multiple prior convictions for violent sexual assault, burglary and kidnapping. Lemay served a 21-year prison sentence at the Maine State Prison for that conviction. In June 2010, Lemay went to her home and assaulted, raped and threatened to kill her.

In June 2011, a jury found Lemay guilty of gross sexual assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, eluding police and tampering with a victim. This was Lemay's third court conviction for rape.

The woman claims the Procks failed to disclose that they employed a dangerous felon to work on her property at a time when they knew or should have known and disclosed the facts, according to the court documents.

According to the documents, the Procks knew or in the exercise of reasonable judgment should have known that hiring a dangerous employee would more likely than not result in an attack or assaultive behavior on any female present where Lemay performed his duties for the Procks. The Procks also should have known Lemay had a propensity for violence, the documents said.

Briggs said his client previously settled with the Procks out of court.

Briggs said once the judgment is final — if Lemay doesn't appeal the decision — information about his assets will be obtained.  The judgment is also good for 20 years, so the plaintiff could collect damages over that course of time.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.