Saturday, June 28, 2014
Middletown man charged over sex offender registration
Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014
A 22-year-old Middletown man is accused of dragging his feet to update his required sex offender registration with state police after he was notified that he was in violation of the law.
Obrian Reynaldo Cosme was charged Thursday with felony failure to register with Pennsylvania State Police. He was arraigned before Bensalem District Judge Joseph Falcone and released on $30,000 unsecured bail.
Cosme was convicted of a sex offense as a juvenile in New Jersey and is required to check in with state police four times a year for the rest of his life, authorities said. Since he was convicted as a juvenile, his information doesn’t appear on the state’s Megan’s Law registration website.
Pennsylvania State Police say Cosme appeared at the Trevose barracks on June 7 and admitted he was late for his quarterly in-person registration update, according to a probable cause affidavit.
When state police checked, an alert came up that listed Cosme as noncompliant for failing to register within his designated 10-day window in May, according to court documents.
Cosme claimed he didn’t know when he was supposed to register and he appeared at the barracks on May 2, which he later learned was nine days too early, authorities said. At the time, state police told him that he’d have to reregister if he was not within his designated registration window.
Cosme also was told he should check with the state Megan’s Law unit to find out when his 10-day registration period started. He failed to find out, though, police said.
He claims he didn’t learn he was overdue with his registration until he checked the mail in his post office box on June 4, court documents said. The next day he called the Megan’s Law unit, which confirmed he was in violation, the affidavit said.
Cosme then waited two more days before appearing at the state police barracks to update his registration, authorities said.
This isn’t the first time that Cosme has failed to update his registration.
Middletown police charged Cosme with Megan’s Law violations last July after he allegedly failed to report in-person at state police barracks in May; a subsequent police investigation found Cosme was mostly living in New Jersey with a girlfriend, according to court records.
However, a Bucks County judge dismissed the charge of failure to verify address and be photographed against Cosme last November, according to online records.