The Florida Atlantic University student who claims he was reprimanded because he refused to step on paper with the word Jesus written on it says his two drug arrests in four days changed his life!
It’s another Gossip Extra scoop: Ryan Rotela, 22, tells me in an exclusive interview that two drug arrests in Broward County in 2009 made him strive for redemption!
“I knew my past was going to be brought up,” says Rotela, whose objection to an exercise in communication class last month made him a new hero of the religious right. “But I was ready for it.”
Rotela was arrested by cops in Margate and Coral Springs within four days in August 2009, both times on drug charges involving pot and methamphetamines. In time, the charges were dropped because the evidence to get him convicted were insufficient.
Rotela won’t say whether the drugs recovered by the two police departments were his, only saying: “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people.”
But Rotela adds that his two stays in a county slammer on the same week made him think, and find religion.
“I started striving to find redemption,” Rotela said.