Man convicted of taking drugs with runaway teens from Plainville faces probation violation, home invasion charge – The Bristol Press

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A Bloomfield man convicted of using drugs with two teenagers who ran away from a Plainville group home has been charged with violating his probation and committing a home invasion.
Jose Cosme, 37, is scheduled to appear before a judge on Monday in connection with the home invasion charges, which stem from a Hartford arrest. 
The 37-year-old also has a court appearance scheduled for April in New Britain after being charged with violating his probation and later failing to appear to answer to the violation allegations, court records show. 
Cosme in May 2018 pleaded guilty to one felony count of risk of injury to a minor. He was sentenced to a year in prison, followed by three years of probation, with four years of prison time hanging over his head.  
In the risk of injury matter, police said two girls, who were ages 16 and 14 at the time, ran away from a Plainville group home on Dec. 23, 2016. They were considered high-risk runaways because they had previously been victims of human trafficking, police said.
The girls met Cosme in Hartford and went with him to a Bristol home, where the three allegedly 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, 2016.
The 14-year-old girl allegedly remained with Cosme for nearly two weeks. During that 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. 
After being charged with violating his probation in March 2020, Cosme failed to show up for a court appearance in New Britain in September 2021. He was arrested Monday by Hartford police and charged with home invasion, first-degree assault and disorderly conduct. 
Cosme on Tuesday was then charged with first-degree failure to appear in connection with the probation violation matter. He is being held on a total of $200,000 bond while his matters are pending in New Britain and Hartford courts.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.
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