The convicted sex offender from Rome who removed his GPS ankle bracelet and fled the area back in November has been sentenced to prison time.
In Rome City Court this morning, Ronald Cook accepted a plea deal to serve six months in prison. Cook had previously pleaded not guilty to the criminal mischief charges.
On Nov. 9, 2017, authorities announced they were searching for Cook, who was considered to be dangerous, after he cut his ankle bracelet in the bathroom of St. Peter's church in Rome. He was later found and arrested at a restaurant in Binghamton on Nov. 11. Police say people in the restaurant recognized Cook from news reports and called police.
Back in 1991, Cook was convicted of first-degree rape, making him a Level 3 registered sex offender. His victim was 24 years old.
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