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January 22. 2014 11:28PM

Marshals capture Peterborough fugitive


PETERBOROUGH — A man caught Wednesday morning by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force on sexual assault charges was being held Wednesday night on $50,000 cash bail, according to Police Chief Scott Guinard.

Benjamin Sprague, 27, was being sought by police and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, which has federal jurisdiction, Police Chief Scott Guinard said Tuesday.

A woman reported she was sexually assaulted by Sprague in 2011, Guinard said.

“But we could not find him at that time,” he said.

Police recently located Sprague and took DNA evidence from him, Guinard said.

“It wasn’t until recently we were able to find him and we were able to obtain some physical evidence and have that physical evidence tested,” Guinard said. “With all of that information we applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for him.”

This week, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was brought in to help in the search for Sprague.

He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Jaffrey District Court for a probable cause hearing, Guinard said.

Sprague is currently being held at the Valley Street jail in Manchester.

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