Mexican national jailed in Cumberland County, charged with failing to register as sex offender and illegal reentry

19 June 2024- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Cosme Marin-Ponce, age 40, of Mexico, was indicted by a federal grand jury for illegal reentry into the United States by a previously deported alien and for failing to register as a sex offender. The case was unsealed following Marin-Ponce’s arrest.

Marin-Ponce is currently an inmate at the Cumberland County Jail in Pennsylvania. At this time, he has not been arrested for a state-level crime in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania but rather federal charges.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that Marin-Ponce was previously removed from the United States on September 23, 2019, after pleading guilty to indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old. It is alleged that he was subsequently found in the United States without having first obtained legal permission to reenter the country. Marin-Ponce also failed to register as a sex offender, as his previous conviction required.

This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and the United States Marshals Service. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Scalera is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 10 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.