Inmate files suit for pepper-spray assault

By Juliette Laaka | May 22, 2014

Warren — An inmate at the Maine State Prison filed a civil complaint May 20 in Knox County Superior Court against a guard at the state's Windham correctional facility, claiming he was pepper-sprayed in the face while restrained, and then left to suffer for an extended period of time.

Paul J. Schlosser III, 28, set to be released in February 2017, said the actions of Shawn Welch, of South Portland, caused him to suffer serious injuries and damages, according to the lawsuit.

"As a result of the defendant's conduct, the plaintiff has suffered and continued to suffer great emotional distress, anguish, and embarrassment which has affected and continues to affect his ability to enjoy life," the suit states.

Schlosser is seeking punitive damages to be determined at trial, for assault, battery and emotional distress. He is represented Rockport attorney C. Donald Briggs III.

Briggs was not available for immediate comment.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at

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