Clarification: The initial story indicated that John Hodge was charged with one count of second-degree criminal trespass when he has in fact been charged with two counts of second-degree criminal trespass. Court documents available Thursday did not indicate the second charge, but it was referenced in court Friday and has been independently confirmed. The story has been updated to reflect this information. 

ITHACA, N.Y. — A man accused of being in a Collegetown woman’s room  was found by police in the basement of a local preparatory school, records show.

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John F. Hodge, 51, was found sitting in a chair in the Cascadilla School’s basement by an Ithaca Police officer around 7:38 a.m. Oct. 22, Ithaca City Court records show.

John Hodge

Hodge was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanors for fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, two counts of second-degree criminal trespass, and third-degree criminal trespass.

Ithaca police said in a news release, that the same morning Hodge was found in the basement, a woman reported a man running from her bedroom around 7:08 a.m. on the 400 block of Elmwood Avenue, about a block away from the school.

The report led to police creating a perimeter to look for a man who matched the woman’s description. She identified Hodge as the man in her room.

Related: Police: Man captured after fleeing sleeping Collegetown woman’s apartment

When he was taken into custody, police said they found a stolen iPhone in his backpack. Court records show that the phone was stolen from inside a separate residence at a home on the 400 block of Oak Street, which is located less than two blocks from where Hodge was allegedly inside the woman’s bedroom.

According to the court documents, Hodge also went into an apartment building Oct. 8 on the 700 block of Stewart Avenue and tried opening all the doorknobs of 18 apartments. He was identified by surveillance video on the property.

An official at the Tompkins County Jail said Hodge is still in custody in lieu of posting $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond as of Thursday afternoon.

He’s scheduled to appear in Ithaca City Court at 10 a.m. Friday, a court clerk said.


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Jolene Almendarez

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