Hartford couple charged again with sex assault

A married Hartford couple jailed last summer for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl pleaded not guilty this week to charges of assaulting an underage boy.

Lucinda V. Smith, 41, appeared in Windsor Superior Court yesterday to answer to the charge, which carries a 35-year maximum sentence. She was sent back to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington, Vt., where she was being held without bail on the previous charge.

Her husband, Steven Smith, 46, pleaded not guilty to the same charge on Thursday, Deputy Windsor County State’s Attorney David Cahill said, and was sent back to Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Vt., where he was being held without bail.

The male victim came forward in July after the Smiths were charged with assaulting the girl.

The Smiths knew the victim, who was between 10 and 13 when the alleged assault occurred, sometime between 2000 and 2012, according to court documents.

As a general practice, the Valley News does not identify victims of alleged sex crimes.

An affidavit filed by Hartford Police officer Kristinnah Adams gives the following account.

The victim, now 23, visited the Hartford Police Department in July. Police had previously talked to him, and he denied ever being assaulted by the Smiths.

This time, however, he said that he had been sexually abused on several occasions by the Smiths inside their home on Sargent Street in White River Junction.

He had some evidence that he turned over to police.

Police said that, in August, a man who had been hired to clean out the Smiths trailer home on Sargent Street called and said he had found videos inside the home that contained possible evidence.

Police took the videos into evidence.

The victim in the earlier case was allegedly assaulted between December 2011 and January 2012.

Mark Davis can be reached at mcdavis@vnews.com or 603-727-3304.