A 73-year-old Allentown man is accused of stalking a city boy over the past two years, leaving the child’s father in fear for his son’s safety, according to court records.
Ruppel then began leaving signed letters on the boy’s father’s windshield saying the boy should come to Ruppel’s house for an “all males night,” records say. The letters — four total– all had peach roses attached to them, records say.
The boy’s father told city police that several times over the past two years he told Ruppel to stay away from his son, and that Ruppel moved to an address near their home, records say.
Ruppel would watch the boy play outside, according to the boy’s father, and the boy told police that three times in the last month Ruppel slowly followed in his car as the boy walked home from school, police said.
The boy’s father is “petrified for his son’s safety and will no longer let him play outside without constant supervision,” records say, going so far as to have neighbors help watch the boy when he is outside.
Ruppel is a convicted sex offender and is registered on the Pennsylvania Megan’s Law website.
Ruppel was convicted of indecent assault in 1976, and rape in 1996, according to the website. In the latter case, Ruppel admitted to molesting two boys, ages 7 and 9, at Lower Bucks County parks and at his house in Croydon, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ruppel, of the 1400 block of Hamilton Street, was arrested Tuesday and charged with stalking. He was sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of 10 percent of $25,000 bail.