Human fly takes plea deal for climbing Trump Tower
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 5:26
Stephen Rogata, who captivated New Yorkers and cable news audiences around the country in August by attempting to scale Trump Tower using suctions cups, will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to two charges Monday.
Rogata pleaded guilty on Monday to second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a violation.
Rogata, who agreed to continue mental health treatment at the Turning Point facility he has already been attending, told cops he was trying to get to Trump with "secret information".
If he complies with the conditions for one year, he'll have no record and face no jail time, prosecutors said.
The Virginia teen who scaled Trump Tower with suction cups in a freakish attempt to get a message to the future President took a plea deal Monday.
Police officers smashed windows and broke through a ventilation duct as Rogata, then 19, ascended the building from the fifth floor.
As part of Rogata's deal, he must also continue with his college courses or have employment for at least 20 hours per week.
Every month, he must write a letter updating the court on how his treatment is going. If he fails, he faces jail time for up to one year.
Shortly after his daring climb, a video was posted online showing a man who looked like Rogata, called "Message to Mr. Trump (why I climbed your tower)". Rogata said nothing after leaving court, however his attorney did offer a brief statement.