Man who brought weapons to Social Security office out on $10,000 bail

Posted March 14, 2013, at 8:32 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — An Arundel man remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail after making his initial appearance Thursday in federal court on a charge of possession of multiple weapons in a federal facility.

Elmer C. Pepin, 43, of Arundel did not enter a plea in U.S. District Court on Thursday afternoon on the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of not more than $100,000.

“At this point, he made his initial appearance and was advised of the charges and his rights,” said Nick Gordon, deputy clerk for the court. “He was not actually arraigned today. And no court date was assigned.”

Pepin was summoned after bringing a throwing star, walking cane sword, and folding knife with him into the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review at 1 Portland Square on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Pepin, who was indicted by a York County grand jury in November 2011, for forgery, will be represented by J. Hilary Billings, attorney and assistant federal defender.