Convicted rapist on the lam from Central NY in custody, found near Binghamton

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — A dangerous sex offender and convicted rapist is back in custody after fleeing the area earlier this week, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Ronald Cook 

Ronald Cook, 66, was arrested Saturday evening near Binghamton.

Cook became a wanted man after officials said he cut off his ankle bracelet and fled his Utica home Wednesday. He was later spotted in Rome and Scranton, Pennsylvania, according to the department.

Cook, a level three sex offender, was convicted of first-degree rape in 1999 for raping a 24-year-old woman near Binghamton, according to the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. His record indicated he did not know the woman.

He was sentenced to 12 1/2 to 25 years in state prison, where he was deemed a sexually violent sex offender and a predicate sex offender.

After being released in 2012, he was sent to

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