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Cambridge man, 26, accused of raping toddler

Faces charges in Miss., Mass.

A man living in Cambridge who allegedly raped a toddler with another man inside a Mississippi hotel room in May is facing child sex-trafficking charges in federal court in that state and related charges in Massachusetts, according to records.

The Cambridge man, identified in federal court records as Jemery Atral Hodges, 26, also faces child pornography charges in Middlesex County, according to District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.’s office.

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Hodges was arraigned on those charges several weeks ago and is due back in Cambridge District Court for a probable-cause hearing on Thursday, a spokeswoman for Leone said.

It was not immediately clear when Hodges will return to Mississippi to face the federal charges.

According to an affidavit in the federal case, on Sept. 6, Hodges showed pornographic images on his phone of children between the ages of about 3 and 14 to a Cambridge man, who threw Hodges out of his home and called police. The man referred to Hodges as “Jeremy” in the court records.

Cambridge police arrested Hodges, and he told detectives that he had received the pornography from his codefendant in the federal case, identified as Marco Laquin Rogers, also 26, who works at an Atlanta hospital, the affidavit states.

A search of Hodges’s laptop later turned up videos of him and Rogers raping a girl, who appeared to be 3 or 4 years old, inside a room at a Days Inn in Jackson, Miss., according to the affidavit.

Authorities did not say on Sunday why the man, identified in federal court records as Jemery Atral Hodges, had moved to Cambridge or whether any children in the area are believed to have been harmed.   

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The time stamps on the videos indicate they were made at about 1:30 a.m. on May 26, the same night Hodges checked into the room, according to court records.

Hodges, formerly of Jackson, told Cambridge detectives that Rogers had access to a 3-year-old girl, whom he took to Memphis, Atlanta, and Mississippi to exploit, the filing states.

Rogers’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.

Authorities did not say on Sunday why Hodges had moved to Cambridge or whether any children in the area are believed to have been harmed.

A Cambridge police spokesman referred questions to Leone’s office and to federal prosecutors.

Leone’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Chelf Guyotte, said she could not comment on the Mississippi case. A spokeswoman for the US attorney’s office for the Southern District of Mississippi could not be reached for comment.

It was not clear who is representing Hodges in Massachusetts, and no attorney is listed for him in the case docket in Mississippi.

Hodges is being held on over $100,000 cash bail in the Massachusetts case, Guyotte said.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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