The Cape Coral Police Department arrested WFTX reporter John Rupolo Friday morning for violating a domestic violence order of protection.
“Mr. Rupolo is no longer employed by WFTX and we have no further comment regarding this issue,” the Southwest Florida Fox affiliate said in a statement.
47-year-old Rupolo, who joined WFTX in 2010, posted a $15,000 bail on the misdemeanor charge of contempt of court. He’s set to go back before a judge next month. His bio has been stripped from the station’s website.
>Update: Rupolo provided the following statement to TVSpy:
The charge is false, unfounded, and not true. This is a classic case of a girl I dated on and off trying several times to chastise me through the legal system because of what I do for a living. She was granted a temporary restraining order in October which was later dismissed by a Lee County judge. What followed were excessive phone calls to my News Director calling for my firing. Then, a filing of yet another false temporary restraining order which she then violated me on under false allegations. My attorney is handling this and I have no doubt my name will be cleared.