Maine Man, John Leon Rupert Pleads Guilty to Making Telephonic Bomb Threats to Somersworth City Hall
CONCORD (STL. News) John Leon Rupert, 29, of Scarborough, Maine pleaded guilty in federal court to making interstate dangers, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley declared today.
According to court records and statements made in court, on February 3, 2021, two calls have been received by workers at Somersworth City Hall where a computer-generated voice said that there was a bomb in the building. The construction was evacuated and it was decided that there were no explosive devices. The calls were monitored to that an IP address at Rupert’s house in Scarborough, Maine.
On February 15, 2021 agents executed a federal search warrant at the home. Rupert confessed that he was the individual who made the calls because he was mad about an injury suffered in a massage parlor Somersworth.
Rupert is scheduled to be sentenced on July 14, 2021.
“Bomb threat hoaxes are serious crimes that can disrupt communities and divert law enforcement resources from other priorities,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “As a consequence of this defendant’s behavior, Somersworth City Hall was evacuated and lots of innocent people were inconvenienced.