ITHACA, N.Y. — The bail for a man accused of being in a Collegetown woman’s home and stealing from a nearby residence was quadrupled in Ithaca City Court Friday morning.

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John F. Hodge, 51, appeared to answer to new charges for fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree criminal trespass and third-degree criminal trespass. He was previously arraigned for second-degree criminal trespass.

Hodge has been in custody at the Tompkins County Jail on $2,000 bail or $4,000 bond since his Oct. 22 arrest.

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John Hodge

He is accused of illegally being in a Collegetown woman’s room, stealing an iPhone, trespassing in Cascadilla School’s basement and trespassing at an apartment complex.

If convicted of all charges, he could face a maximum of two years in jail.

During the arraignment, Judge Scott Miller set $8,000 bail or $10,000 bond.

In court, Miller said Hodge was convicted of second-degree burglary in 1997 and sentenced to eight years in prison. In 2013, he was charged with criminal trespass and burglary in Cincinnati and sentenced to 30 days in jail for a lesser charge. In 2015, he was charged with breaking and entering in Ohio and sentenced to 180 days in jail. He’s also facing a charge for a September trespassing incident in Massachusetts, but has not been convicted.

Assistant District Attorney Brad Rudin initially offered Hodge a plea deal that would have required him to serve 10 months in jail with the possibly to be release in just over six months.

Miller, however, said the court would not allow that plea deal to be made because of the extend of Hodge’s criminal history and pattern of the crimes he’s committed.

“This court is not going to be accepting that,” Miller said. “The minimum this court would impose is one year local incarceration — but then again it could be 24 months.”

He said the plea deal possibilities depend on the outcome of a pre-trail investigation. Hodge can also decide to take the case to trial.

He is due back in court Jan. 15.

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Jolene Almendarez

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