The Bangor Daily News reports
that 62-year-old Fred Thomas of Cushing pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman and to indecent conduct, who he's been married to for 39 years, when she stayed at his home in July. Cushing offered her $20 to have sex with him, and when she refused he pulled out his penis and whacked her with it.
Thomas' guilty plea resulted in a 180-day jail sentence, of which 175 days were suspended. He will be on probation for a year due to the domestic battery and indecent conduct pleas. A third charge of unlawful sexual conduct was dropped.
Defense lawyer Justin Andrus, who acknowledged that his client's behavior was "not normal conduct," told the court that Thomas was distraught because his longtime wife was planning on traveling to Pakistan to see a man she met online.
But Judge Jeffrey Hjelm was not moved.
"This was sexually aggressive conduct," he said. "This couldn't be much more offensive."
Thomas' estranged wife said she did not want her husband to go to jail but rather to get anger management counseling. He was ordered to do so by the court.
This is the first penis-slapping story to make headlines in quite some time. In June 2011, an Illinois jury awarded Ashley Alford
$95 million after her boss smacked her in the head with his manhood at the furniture rental store where they both worked. He also threw her to the floor, tore open her blouse, masturbated and ejaculated on her.
And just this August, a drunk Miami University student allegedly threatened
to slap a police officer in the face with his penis after being arrested for public intoxication.