ROCHESTER, N.Y.– U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has indicted Mark Joseph Rossel, 52, of Rush, New York, on a charge of assaulting a federal officer and inflicting bodily injury. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that according to the Indictment, on May 12, 2011, the defendant attacked a United States Postal Inspector. The Indictment alleges that Rossel bit the inspector, causing punctured wounds.
The Indictment is the culmination of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Robert Bethel and Monroe County Sheriffâ€™s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Patrick Oâ€™Flynn.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the
defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.