Crime

Boalsburg woman accused of scalding assault

Lesa Harriott
Lesa Harriott

A Boalsburg woman is in hot water — and the Centre County Correctional Facility — after police suspect she scalded a man Tuesday.

State College police were called to the Boalsburg Uni-Mart about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday by a man that said a woman had poured scalding water on him, according to police.

The officer arrived and was greeted by a shirtless man in the parking lot. He had an “obvious wound” on his chest and held a wet T-shirt, police said. The man told police that Lesa Harriott, 38, dumped the water on him in an apartment next to the convenience store.

The officer went to the apartment and met with Harriott, who denied throwing the water on the man, according to police.

The man was taken Mount Nittany Medical Center, where doctors said it appeared that he had second-degree burns on his chest and arm.

While at the emergency room, police interviewed the injured man further. He reported that he was lying on a bed while Harriott boiled water for pasta. The man told police that she walked into the room with a pot of hot water and asked if “it looked like enough water for pasta” before dumping the contents on his chest, police said.

The officer wrote in the criminal complaint that the headboard as well as blankets and pillows on a bed in the apartment was wet.

Harriott faces a misdemeanor simple assault and summary harassment charge. Records indicate that Harriott has a prior record for both charges. She was found guilty of both at a jury trial before Judge Jonathan D. Grine in January 2013 and sentenced to three-23 and a half months in Centre County Correctional Facility and three years probation, according to court documents.

Harriott was also charged with assault in 2004 and 2011, but she pleaded guilty to other charges incurred in each case.

Harriott was arraigned before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker Wednesday morning and is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 10.

An attorney for Harriott was not listed on court documents.

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