A Kennebec County grand jury on Friday handed down indictments totaling nearly a dozen charges against a New Hampshire couple accused of sexually assaulting young children while living in Oakland.

Stephen R. Smith, 37, and Sarah B. Conway, 27, both of Canaan, New Hampshire, are charged with a variety of sex crimes against children and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with incidents that took place between Dec. 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015, in Oakland.

The couple was initially arrested in November. Smith continues to be held at the Kennebec County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. Conway was released on bail on Dec. 9.

The grand jury indictments against Smith include sexual misconduct with a child, two counts of visual sexual aggression against a child and three counts of unlawful sexual contact.

The grand jury indicted Conway on two counts each of visual sexual aggression against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

An indictment is not a determination of guilt, but it indicates that there is enough evidence to proceed with formal charges and a trial.

The victims are younger than 12 and 16, according to indictment documents.

Arrest affidavits filed in the court indicate that Conway went to the police in Canaan, New Hampshire, Sept. 16 and spoke to Sgt. Ryan Porter, saying that Smith was her former partner and that they used to watch child pornography together when they had apartments in Oakland, Maine, from December 2014 to March 2015. According to Porter, Smith told her he had sexually abused his own children and talked her into sexually abusing her children.

According to the affidavit by Oakland Police Detective Capt. Rick Stubbert, Porter told him that “Sarah thought she did this because she liked Stephen so much and she didn’t know how to say no.”

Conway told police the sexual contact occurred in Oakland.

After Conway talked to the New Hampshire officer, Porter said Smith agreed to go to the Canaan Police Department to be interviewed. There, according to Porter, Smith confirmed what Conway had said and indicated he touched the genitals of the two children and had them touch his and that sometimes it occurred in the bath and in the bed with Conway.

A number of other people were indicted Friday by the same grand jury:

• David Arbour, 55, of Augusta, unlawful possession of heroin and violation of conditions of release Oct. 30, 2015, in Chelsea.

• Ryan J. Bernard, 35, of Livermore Falls, violation of condition of release between Oct. 1 and Oct. 17, 2015, in Manchester.

• Linda J. Brown, 66, of Augusta, domestic violence assault Aug. 13, 2015, in Augusta; theft by unauthorized taking between Jan. 1 and Sept. 15, 2015, in Augusta and two counts of endangering the welfare of a dependent person between Jan. 1, 2014, and Aug. 13, 2015, in Augusta.

• Davina Butler, 23, of New York, New York, aggravated trafficking in cocaine, aggravated trafficking in heroin, criminal forfeiture of two firearms and two counts of criminal forfeiture totaling $13,160, all Nov. 2, 2015, in Augusta.

• Dolly Carpenter, two counts of aggravated trafficking in cocaine base April 9 and 14, 2015, in Waterville.

• Anthony T. Carver, 32, of Winslow, four counts of sexually explicit material, all Jan. 15 in Waterville.

• Melissa Clark, 31, of Augusta, unlawful trafficking in heroin Oct. 21, 2015, in Augusta.

• Daniel Joseph Couto Jr., 25, of Augusta, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking and three counts each of robbery and criminal threatening Dec. 7 and 13, 2015, in Augusta.

• Darren M. Ellis, 50, of Waterville, burglary and theft by unauthorized taking June 20, 2015, in West Gardiner.

• Michael Gagne, 39, of Augusta, 11 counts of theft by unauthorized taking and 14 counts of burglary, all between March 15 and April 27, 2015, in Augusta, Belgrade, Farmingdale, Hallowell, Monmouth, Waterville and Winthrop.

• Michael Anthony Giacomuzzi, 32, of West Gardiner, robbery and theft by unauthorized taking Oct. 31, 2015, in Randolph.

• Donna Hall, 56, of Augusta, aggravated trafficking in cocaine base, aggravated trafficking in heroin, criminal forfeiture of $12,188 and criminal forfeiture of two firearms, all, Nov. 2, 2015, in Augusta.

• Paul M. Harrington, 43, of Augusta, burglary and theft by unauthorized taking June 20, 2015, in West Gardiner.

• Devaughn A. James, 23, of Queens, New York, aggravated criminal mischief, operating without a license and two counts of arson, Oct. 6, 2015, in Vassalboro.

• Tyler Daniel Koether, 23, of Winthrop, unlawful possession of heroin Sept. 13, 2015, in Augusta.

• Lisa Mary Long, 50, of Augusta, aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, aggravated criminal operating under the influence and violation of condition of release Oct. 13, 2015, in Mount Vernon.

• Curtis J. Ludwig, 24, of Hallowell, burglary and theft by unauthorized taking Nov. 4, 2015, in Chelsea.

• Jaimie A. Manganella, 29, of Brunswick, operating after revocation Nov. 14, 2015, in Gardiner.

• Kashawn McLaughlin, 25, of Queens, New York, aggravated trafficking in cocaine base, aggravated trafficking in heroin, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, criminal forfeiture of $12,188 and criminal forfeiture of two firearms, all Nov. 2, 2015, in Augusta.

• Andrew L. Michaud Jr., 52, of Lewiston, theft by unauthorized taking and violation of condition of release Feb. 15, 2015, in Augusta.

• Jamie S. Morrill, 43, of Randolph, robbery and theft by unauthorized taking, all Nov. 24, 2015, in Augusta.

• Frederick Rogers, 32, of Queens, New York, aggravated trafficking in cocaine base, aggravated trafficking in heroin, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, criminal forfeiture of two firearms and two counts of criminal forfeiture totaling $12,801, all Nov. 2, 2015, in Augusta.

• Tymell Waters, 30, of Manhattan, New York, aggravated trafficking in cocaine base, aggravated trafficking in heroin, criminal forfeiture of $12,188 and criminal forfeiture of two firearms, all Nov. 2, 2015, in Augusta.

• Porchia Woodard, 26, Far Rockaway, New York, aggravated trafficking in cocaine base, aggravated trafficking in heroin, criminal forfeiture of $12,188 and criminal forfeiture of two firearms, all Nov. 2, 2015, in Augusta.

• Torie M. York, 38, of Waterville, theft by unauthorized taking Aug. 4, 2015, in Waterville.


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