BANGOR, Maine — Local police are seeking witnesses to an alleged assault on a toddler Friday afternoon in a car parked outside St. Joseph Hospital.

Scott Peavey, 30, of Carmel was arrested about 4 p.m. Saturday and charged with assault on a child under the age of 6, a Class C crime, according to a press release issued by the Bangor Police Department.

The child was treated and released from Eastern Maine Medical Center, the release said. Police did not say when the child was treated.

A report was made to a St. Joseph Hospital security officer Friday that a man was striking a small child in a vehicle outside the hospital, which is located between Broadway and Center Street in Bangor. The witness did not leave his name, according to Bangor police.

Peavey is being held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail, according to a jail official. He is expected to appear before a judge Tuesday after the Penobscot Judicial Center reopens following the Martin Luther King holiday Monday.

If convicted, Peavey faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

A Scott Peavey with the same birth date as the man arrested Saturday is listed on the Maine Sex Offender Registry. He was convicted in Newport District Court in 2003 of sexual abuse of a minor, a misdemeanor, which requires him to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Sexual abuse of a minor is defined as engaging in a sexual act with another person between the ages of 14 and 16 when the accused is older than 19 and at least five years older than the victim.

The website, which is maintained by the state, does not say what sentence was imposed. The penalty for the Class D crime is up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

Police have asked anyone who may have witnessed the incident Friday to call Bangor police Detective Brent Beaulieu at 947-7382, ext. 5742, or Detective Rick Canarr of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office at 945-4636.