ROME, N.Y. - After reportedly removing his GPS ankle bracelet and fleeing the county, a convicted rapist has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal mischief in Rome City Court.
Ronald Cook is charged with one felony and one misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief that stem from his alleged removal of two monitoring devices, a GPS tracker and a SCRAM alcohol monitor.
Court documents obtained by NEWSChannel 2 reveal the monitors were found by police in the basement bathroom garbage can of St. Peter's church in Rome. Police say an orange-handled pumpkin carving knife was also found along with the devices. Police believe he may have used the knife to remove the monitors.
Cook was found in a Binghamton restaurant on November 10th, two days after he stopped reporting to a parole officer and allegedly cut off the monitors. He was spotted in Scranton, Pennsylvania the day before his capture.
The court documents state the bracelets were put in place immediately after Cook's release from the Central New York Psychiatric Center this past July. Cook was released as an article 10 sist case, which stands for Strict and Intensive supervision and treatment.
The GPS tracking bracelet is valued at $260 dollars and the alcohol monitoring device is valued at $175 dollars.
At his arraignment Tuesday, Cook was denied bail due to having three prior felony convictions. Cook was convicted of first-degree rape in 1991.
A felony exam hearing has been scheduled for November 17th at 10:30 in Rome City Court.
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