York man charged with escape after failing to return to halfway house

York Dispatch

A federal grand jury indicted a York man on an escape charge after he allegedly failed to return to a halfway house while on work release, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Manuel Maldonado-Martinez previously pleaded no contest to charges related to the assault of a woman pregnant with his child.

Manuel Jesus Maldonado-Martinez

According to federal prosecutors, the 33-year-old man failed to return to the Scranton Pavilion Residential Reentry Center on March 9. The center offers life skills classes, medical screenings and a variety of other services to help former inmates return to their communities after serving prison terms, according to its website.

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Maldonado-Martinez's alleged escape was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.

A federal grand jury handed down an indictment against him on Tuesday. The maximum penalty under federal law for these offenses is imprisonment for five years, a term of supervised release following imprisonment and a fine.