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Missing Police Cadet's Boyfriend Is Arrested in New York

The arrest of David R. Perry on May 5 is unrelated to the disappearance of Kelly Rothwell.

David R. Perry, the boyfriend of missing St. Petersburg cadet Kelly Rothwell, was arrested Thursday night by New York State Police on a charge unrelated to her disappearance, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Perry, a retired New York State Corrections officer, was arraigned on fraudulent practices, insurance fraud in the second degree and grand larceny in the second degree, according to the Clerk's Office at Union Court in Broome County.

He was booked into the Broome County Jail and remanded without bail, pending his appearance in court on the charges.

Perry is retired from the N.Y. Department of Corrections after suffering an injury on the job. He has been receiving a pension from the State of New York and collecting Social Security Disability compensation.

The arrest does not involve detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, nor are they involved in New York's investigation, the Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Perry moved back to New York the same weekend that Rothwell disappeared. The 35-year-old St. Petersburg police cadet was last seen on March 12 heading to the Indian Rocks Beach condominium she shared with Perry. She had told a friend she was on her way to break up with him.

Perry has refused to be interviewed by the Pinellas Sheriff's detectives investigating the case.

Perry met Rothwell in Florida and began dating her three years ago. Prior to her disappearance, Rothwell had confided to friends that Perry had become increasingly possessive and controlling, and that she planned to leave him.

Scott Clarke May 06, 2011 at 08:16 PM
He collects a pension AND disability at such a young age. Can't imagine him and fraud in the same sentence. Fraud is probably the least of his problems now.
diana hartman May 08, 2011 at 04:09 AM
Mr. Perry was only arrested for allegedly defrauding the State of New York for the disability retirement pension and Workers Compensation he received. However there is no mention that he allegedly defrauded the Social Security Administration by receiving disability benefits for the same supposed injury. Since they are two different jurisdictions, one agency evidently didn't tell the other. Mr. Perry could face further jail time once SSA becomes aware of the circumstances.

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