PLAINVILLE - A Bloomfield man accused of using drugs with two teens who ran away from a local group home has been arrested for not showing up to court.
Jose Cosme, 32, is now facing one count of first-degree failure to appear. According to court papers, he was arrested last week after not showing up to a court hearing on June 8.
Cosme was arraigned on the new charge Monday in Bristol Superior Court, where bail was set at $75,000. During the hearing, Ronald Dearstyne, the prosecutor, said the re-arrest was ordered after Cosme missed an additional court appearance prior to the hearing in June. He was sent a letter after the first missed appearance, reminding him of the case and letting him know his next court date.
According to Peter Matthews, an attorney who represented Cosme Monday during the bond argument, Cosme told him his fiancée was very ill and in the hospital in June when he was supposed to be in court, causing him to miss the hearing.
After that, Matthews said, Cosme reported being the victim of a brutal assault, requiring his jaw to be wired shut while he recovered in the hospital. Matthews did not have any documentation on Monday to support these arguments.
Cosme, who is being held on $75,000 bond, is due back in court Oct. 20. He was first arrested in February and charged with one count of risk of injury to a minor.
According to the arrest warrant, two girls, 16 and 14, ran away from a group home on Dec. 23. They were considered high-risk runaways because they had previously been victims of human trafficking, the document said.
The girls received a car ride from Plainville to Hartford, where they Cosme, police allege. They took a bus to Bristol shortly after meeting and spent some time at a home on Davis Drive. There, the warrant said, the three of them took Molly - methylenedioxy-methamphetaminea (MDMA) - a psychoactive drug that alters one's mood and perception.
According to the warrant, the 16-year-old girl at some point left Cosme, and the 14-year-old and was later found in Middletown on Dec. 30.
The 14-year-old girl allegedly remained with Cosme for nearly two weeks. During this time, police said, he ignored a phone call and voice mail from police after officers received information indicating he could be with the missing teen.
On Jan. 5, police were able to “ping” Cosme’s cell phone and found that he was at his Bloomfield home with 14-year-old, the warrant said.
According to police, Cosme admitted to taking Molly with the two girls and smoking marijuana with them. He additionally said they traveled multiple times between Bristol and Hartford.
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