A woman accused of scalding a man will face an additional, more serious charge after her preliminary hearing Wednesday.
District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker bound over for trial Wednesday simple assault and harassment charges filed against Lesa Harriott, 38, of Boalsburg, plus an additional felony aggravated assault charge sought by prosecutors.
Harriott is accused of pouring boiling water on her boyfriend June 2, according to police. A preliminary hearing scheduled for last week was continued at the request of prosecutors because the man had returned home to Florida.
The man was present Wednesday and testified that the only reason he was in Centre County was that he moved in with Harriott. The incident occurred about a month after his arrival and he had been on the phone with a family member to get a bus ticket back earlier that day, he said.
Photos of the man’s injuries were presented when the man testified. The water landed on his chest and a part of his arm and some skin came off when he later removed his shirt, he said. There was blistering and, the man said, he lost pigment on the affected area. The skin is still flaky and he still feels pain from the burns, he said.
Harriott will be back in court next week for another preliminary hearing. A DUI charge stemming from an incident in Patton Township on June 1 was filed against Harriott after she was arrested on the assault charges.
She is held at Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000 bail on the assault charges and $15,000 on the DUI.