TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Adam Rupeka, who is well-known for baiting local police and flying his drone into restricted areas, was arrested again Saturday.
However, this time police said he allegedly sexually assaulted a teen girl. Another woman was arrested for the same incident.
You may recognize Adam Rupeka’s name. He was pepper sprayed after flipping off a police officer and he flew his drone into that Capitol.
Now, police said Rupeka along with Jennifer Ogburn of Hudson sexually abused a 15-year-old at Rupeka’s home in Troy.
Police said the girl was able to leave, find an adult, and report what happened.
Retired Troy Police Captain John Cooney has watched as Rupeka has tried to aggravate cops into doing something wrong.
“We’ve seen him in a sense act as a predator in his dealings with police, stalking police, filming police,” said Cooney.
Cooney said although he was surprised to hear about this arrest, it wasn’t out of character for Rupeka.
“Mr. Rupeka’s contact with law enforcement is frequent, but it’s usually self-initiated on his part. In this part he has to face the music,” said Cooney.
Rupeka’s constant run in with Law Enforcement begs the question: Is it possible this is just another one of his set ups?
“This case has been developed through probable cause, through seeking evidence by the police. And it would be hard to believe that there are any games being played here or any setup on the part of Rupeka,” said Cooney.
News10ABC wanted to ask Rupeka this same question so we went to his house but he wasn’t home.
News10 also tried calling Rupeka but no answer. Cooney said it’s a good thing Rupeka is being held responsible for his actions.
“I think it will put him in a new role in our system and in a role where he realizes he has to take responsibility instead on blaming everyone else for his problems,” said Cooney.
Both Rupeka and Ogburn were charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, 3rd degree Sexual Abuse, and Forcible Touching.
All of the charges are misdemeanors and will not require either of them to register as sex offenders.
Both were released on bail.