Lincoln Co. man faces sexual assault, 10 other charges after alleged attack in town of CorningSubmitted: 04/15/2019
Lincoln Co. man faces sexual assault, 10 other charges after alleged attack in town of Corning
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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MERRILL - A Lincoln County man faces sexual assault, disorderly conduct, and theft charges after an alleged attack last week.

Prosecutors charged Spencer Smith, 44, with six felonies and five misdemeanors Friday in Lincoln County Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Smith followed the victim into her home in the town of Corning around 11:40 a.m. on Monday, April 8. He forced the victim to the ground and groped her. Smith then moved the woman into a bedroom and forced the victim into oral sex.

The victim told investigators Smith warned her to not report the assault or "she would regret it." Smith broke the woman's phone during the assault.

The victim went into work visibly upset. Her concerned coworkers took the victim into the human resources office where they called police.

Deputies tried to find Smith at his job in Marathon County, but the company told police Smith had quit. People reported seeing Smith around Lincoln County, but he drove off -- at one point through someone's front yard -- when people approached him.

A deputy eventually found Smith at the Tomahawk Public Library and arrested him after 7 p.m. April 8. The deputy found Smith had an electronic tablet the victim had been missing.

Smith has a criminal record in Nebraska, which includes convictions of third-degree assault and violating restraining orders.

Judge Robert Russell set a $100,000 cash bond on Tuesday. He is not allowed within 500 feet of the victim's home and cannot leave the state. Smith faces more than 114 years in prison if convicted.

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