Judge sets lower bail for sex offender accused of assaulting child

By Stephen Betts | Jan 31, 2018

Rockland — A judge set bail Wednesday, Jan. 31, at $2,000 cash for a 46-year-old Rockland man who is charged with spanking his 3-year-old son so hard that he had to be taken to the hospital.

The prosecution had sought significantly higher bail for Scott A. Kennedy on the charge of Class C felony assault against a child younger than 6 years old. The assault occurred Monday, Jan. 29, according to court paperwork.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald cited Kennedy's criminal record, which includes first-degree child molestation in another state, as reason for setting bail at $10,000 cash.

And an affidavit filed Jan. 31 in Knox County Unified Court by Rockland police indicates that New Hampshire police are investigating how the same 3-year-old boy suffered bruises around his eye Jan. 3. The boy was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for that injury.

The same affidavit states that police are investigating injuries that a man and a woman suffered at Kennedy's home in Rockland the day before the child was assaulted. The man and woman claim that Kennedy "lost it" and started assaulting them after they urged him not to wake up the child, who was downstairs asleep with them as they were drinking and smoking marijuana.

Kennedy has not been charged in that incident, but Fernald said he is awaiting reports from police on that matter.

The affidavit states that a daycare worker found the injuries to the child that include bruising on his buttocks and legs. The daycare worker reported the matter to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the child was taken to Pen Bay.

A doctor said the injuries were significant, but not life-threatening.

Rockland police questioned Kennedy and he admitted to spanking the child because the boy would not stop screaming while his diaper was being changed, according to the affidavit.

The assistant district attorney pointed out that Kennedy's convictions date back to 1990 and are from Missouri, Florida and Maine. They include thefts, a weapons charge and the 2005 conviction for child molestation, which requires him to be registered for life as a sex offender.

He has two convictions in Maine -- from 2014 and 2015 -- for failing to register as a sex offender.

Fernald said Maine Pre-Trial Services will not accept Kennedy as a client to oversee his release because it considers Kennedy a public safety risk.

Kennedy's attorney, Roger Hurley, asked for either surety bail or cash bail at $2,000. He said the failure to register convictions were simply oversights on his client's part.

Kennedy has held a steady job for six years as a maintenance worker and owns a home, Hurley said. He also has custody of the child.

Judge Susan Sparaco said the accusations are serious, but the issue at Wednesday's hearing was bail. She said what she had seen did not indicate he poses a public safety risk. She set bail at $2,000. He is prohibited from contact with children under 16, other than incidental contact as part of his job.

Comments (9)
Posted by: Sandra Osgood | Feb 28, 2018 09:28

If only DHHS had taken the 3 reports of abuse reported by 3 different people more seriously this amazing little boy wouldn't have had to gone through this for as long as he did. Hoping he is finally removed from that household as he should have been a long time ago.. I am greatly sickened by seeing this article.



Posted by: Christine M Starrett | Feb 04, 2018 12:21

You have no idea how broken our judicial system is! Just make sure you never get caught up in it, either by cause of your own doing or blatant cause by vindictive, hateful, spiteful behavior of another. You will be so surprised at the facts and what one can get away with. It's eye opening and mind boggling a the same time. This person gets a $2,000.00 bail and I have seen others get more or no bail for less of a alleged crime. What drives this, what is behind situations like these. Not targeting any Judge particularly but just an observation from cases all over the country.These types of situations are the worst, and the ones where evidence is right in front of their face and they either choose to ignore it or just don't care rather it's right or wrong. I wonder would they admit their wrong if they were shown the evidence that they were. It's the lives of the ones that they get it wrong on that are hindered and sometimes destroyed!!!



Posted by: Anita (Kalloch-Gross) Louise Fernald | Feb 02, 2018 23:18

How can the State Of Maine allow this man to still have custody of this so abused child!  Who is the spokesperson assigned to protect this poor innocent Child!  In this day and age, have we only come this far!  This news has been in this paper so many times and I have yet to hear anyone, neither the Town or State of Maine has intervened in any way, to have given this child a safe haven, far, far away from his Father!



Posted by: Anita (Kalloch-Gross) Louise Fernald | Feb 02, 2018 23:18

How can the State Of Maine allow this man to still have custody of this so abused child!  Who is the spokesperson assigned to protect this poor innocent Child!  In this day and age, have we only come this far!  This news has been in this paper so many times and I have yet to hear anyone, neither the Town or State of Maine has intervened in any way, to have given this child a safe haven, far, far away from his Father!



Posted by: johanna stadler | Feb 01, 2018 15:41

that poor child,   I have to wonder is the judge a pedophile also?  where is the sympathy for the child?



Posted by: Ronald Murray | Feb 01, 2018 12:25

It would seem that our Court system is broken. What in the world was the Judge thinking??

 



Posted by: Nina Reed | Feb 01, 2018 11:39

I can't...i just cannot even accept the idea that this man could easily be walking the same streets as decent human beings.How the hell-in all good conscience, can that judge allow this monster the opportunity of freedom????? I want to puke. -Melanie Keene



Posted by: VALERIE ANN ORR | Feb 01, 2018 10:13

ISN'T THAT CHILD'S SUFFERING WORTH MORE THAN $2,000.00    WHAT IF "HE LOSES IT"  AGAIN?   "HE SPANKED THE CHILD"....AND HE'S BRUISED....  A SWAT ON THE BUTT DOESN'T CAUSE A BRUISE....AND I WOULDN'T SPANK!



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Feb 01, 2018 09:16

Lower his bail so he cause more misery.



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