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 threats, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on February 3, 2021, two calls were received by employees at Somersworth City Hall in which a computer-generated voice stated there was a bomb inside the building. The building was evacuated and it was determined there were no explosive devices. The calls were tracked to an IP address at Rupert’s residence in Scarborough, Maine.
On February 15, 2021 agents executed a federal search warrant at the residence. Rupert admitted he was the person who made the calls because he was angry about an injury received at a massage parlor in 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,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “As a result of this defendant’s conduct, Somersworth City Hall was evacuated and many innocent people were inconvenienced.