Suffolk County

Long Island Man Who Posted YouTube Videos of Himself Tampering With Red-Light Cameras Pleads Not Guilty

A Long Island man has pleaded not guilty to charges of tampering with red-light cameras.

Forty-two-year-old Stephen Ruth, of Centereach, was freed on $3,000 bail after his arraignment Tuesday.

He was ordered to return to court Jan. 6.

A handful of supporters held up signs critical of red-light camera programs. Ruth told them money is being "stolen from the public" because of the cameras.

Ruth was charged in August with four acts of criminal tampering and four acts of obstruction of governmental administration.

He was arrested after he posted a YouTube video of himself knocking a camera with a rod to force its focus away from the intersection. 

He told NBC 4 New York after his arrest he was proud he tampered with the cameras, saying he's been dubbed the Red Light Robin Hood because he was fighting for a good cause. 

Ruth added Tuesday he believes in "exposing the truth."

He said that "when the cameras come down then the fight is over."

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