U.S. Marshals ‘Fugitive of the Week’ Surrenders at Laconia Police Department

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– Last night, the U.S. Marshals – New Hampshire Joint
Fugitive Task Force received word from the Laconia Police Department
that this week’s “Fugitive of the Week” had surrendered at Laconia
Police Department.

Jeramy M. Hodges, 47 years-of-age, who was
last known to reside in Laconia, NH, was featured yesterday morning as
the “Fugitive of the Week.” Mr. Hodges has being sought on an arrest
warrant alleging 2 counts of the offense of aggravated felonious sexual
assault on a child between the ages of 13 and 16 years of age. The
Laconia Police Department had previously attempted to have Mr. Hodges
turn himself in without success. When Hodges initially refused to
surrender, the Laconia Police Department contacted the U.S. Marshals
Fugitive Task Force for assistance in locating and arresting Hodges.

As part of the search for Mr. Hodges, he was featured as the
“Fugitive of the Week” yesterday. This feature was aired on WTPL-FM,
WNTK-FM, WTSN-FM, WEMJ-FM, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The
Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Manchester Information, the Manchester
Ink Link, the Rochester Voice and prominently featured on the internet.
The “Fugitive of the Week” continues to be a very successful tool that
has resulted in the location and arrest of over 500 fugitives since its
implementation in 2007. Additionally, the “Fugitive of the Week” was
distributed statewide to all law enforcement officers in New Hampshire.

After being featured as the “Fugitive of the Week,” several tips
were received pointing to possible locations of Hodges, which were
actively being researched by members of the task force. Last night, the
U.S. Marshals were contacted by the Laconia Police Department indicating
that Hodges had surrendered at the police station where he was arrested
on these very serious charges involving a child. Hodges was booked into
the Belknap County Jail, where he will be held without bail pending his
arraignment later today in Belknap County Superior Court.

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Marshal Nick Willard said, “Law enforcement takes allegations of sexual
assault on a child very seriously and the task force will always put
these warrants at the top of the priority list.” Willard continued,
“Fortunately Mr. Hodge understood the seriousness of these allegations
and made the smart decision to surrender to allow the criminal justice
process to begin.”

Since the inception of the U.S. Marshals – New
Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have
resulted in over 8,218 arrests (Updated as of 12/16/2020). These arrests
have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex
offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious
offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive
programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district
offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 8 regional task forces, as well
as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
at http://www.usmarshals.gov.


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