A University of New Hampshire (UNH) professor faces simple assault charges following a domestic disturbance that occurred at his 27 Elm St., Newmarket, home.
According to the Union Leader, 67-year-old David Smith was arrested on March 23 at around 11:45 p.m. for assaulting a woman with a cane. The source states that the victim lives with Smith. Law enforcement officials told Foster's Daily Democrat that the incident was preceded by an altercation between the two individuals.
Smith, who has an arraignment scheduled for May 7 in the 10th Circuit Court, Brentwood division, has been instructed to have no contact with the victim. Shortly after the arrest, he was released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail.
The UNH website states that Smith is an art history professor with numerous accolades who has taught a wide array of lectures and courses throughout his life. Police said that when he was booked, Smith identified himself as a member of the university's faculty.
Representatives from UNH said they are aware of the incident, and are doing whatever they can to keep the campus community a priority.
"We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation as it progresses through the legal system with a focus on the rights and needs of our faculty, staff and students," Erika Mantz, media director at UNH, told Foster's Daily Democrat.
If you have been accused of a crime in the Granite State, you may want to consider consulting an experienced New Hampshire lawyer. These knowledgeable professionals can review your case and defend you in court, ensuring that you have a fair trial and can move forward with your life. It is important for individuals to find an attorney as soon as possible, since important constitutional rights can be lost if legal action isn't taken within 10 days of an arrest.