Man charged after placing tracking device on vehicle

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Suspect allegedly harassed victim on social media

A Cassville man is facing two felonies and two misdemeanors after allegedly violating an order of protection by placing a tracking device on a victimís vehicle and harassing the victim through social media and other means of communication.

Ryan Hodge, 39, of Cassville, is charged with two counts of first-degree stalking and misdemeanor violating an order of protection in separate cases.

In probable cause statements filed by Deputy Taylor Lombard, with the Barry County Sheriffís Office, Hodge allegedly violated an order of protection by continuously contacting the victim through multiple phone numbers, email accounts, third parties and social media. Hodge also allegedly admitted to placing a GPS tracking device on the victimís vehicle and contacted the victimís family members with detailed information from the GPS device.

Hodge also allegedly continued to post on social media about the victim, making harassing statements and addressing the victim directly.

The victim said the activity has caused fear and emotional distress.

Hodge is being held on two bonds. The first case has a $20,000 cash-only bond, and the second case has a $5,000 bond.

He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is set for Oct. 11 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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