MANCHESTER — A former city woman arrested in 2011 on charges of pimping out a 16-year-old girl she met in Victory Park in Manchester during the Occupy New Hampshire demonstrations was arrested Tuesday in North Carolina on a fugitive from justice charge.
Justina Jensen, 30, formerly of 341 Hanover St. in Manchester, was being sought on multiple outstanding arrest warrants, including possession of a controlled drug, two counts of sex offender violations, as well as a New Hampshire parole warrant after being convicted and sentenced to prison on another narcotic-related offense.
Jensen is required to register as a sex offender due to a 2013 Hillsborough County North conviction for prostitution of a victim under the age of 18.
In 2011, Manchester police received a call from a 16-year-old teen’s mother saying her daughter was missing and that her photograph had been posted on a website advertising adult party entertainment.
Court documents show the mother told police she and a friend had then used the website to negotiate a deal for the friend to pay for sex with the teen. Investigators looked at the website and found the girl’s photo posted there, along with pictures of three other women, in an advertisement offering men to “come and have fun with four beautiful ladies” in Manchester.
Police said a woman who called herself “Remy” negotiated a telephone deal for “Mad Mike” to pay $150 to have sex with the teen called “Jewel.”
An undercover officer, identifying himself as “Mad Mike,” called “Remy” to find out where to go and she gave him her 341 Hanover St. address.
When he arrived at the address and Jensen confirmed she was “Remy,” the officer identified himself as a police officer and told Jensen she was under arrest. Police said Jensen attempted to re-enter the building to escape, but the officer was able to stop her and, after some resistance, handcuff her.
The missing teen was found inside Jensen’s third-floor apartment. Court documents show the teenage girl told police that Jensen had taken her photo and posted it on the website and said Jensen was going to start training her to be a prostitute, with her first customer scheduled to be “Mad Mike.”
City police said Jensen was using her residence to facilitate prostitution involving an individual under the age of 18, and she was charged with felony prostitution and misdemeanor resisting arrest.
During a court appearance in 2011 in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, Jensen repeatedly dozed off while waiting to be arraigned. Police expressed concern about two suicide attempts made by Jensen after her arrest, claiming she attempted to strangle herself with her shoelaces when she was left alone briefly in an interview room at the police department and after she was taken to Elliot Hospital she attempted to strangle herself with the ties of the hospital johnny.
Jensen had been featured in local media outlets as the “Fugitive of the Week” on Oct. 17, sparking numerous tips to the Marshals Fugitive Task Force in New Hampshire pointing investigators to the Charlotte, N.C., area.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force located Jensen at a motel on Reagan Drive in Charlotte, where she was arrested without incident.
Jensen will be charged as a fugitive from justice based on the outstanding New Hampshire arrest warrants and will be held at the Mecklenburg County Jail pending her initial court appearance and eventual return to New Hampshire. Additional sex offender registration charges are possible in North Carolina, where she failed to register as a sex offender in that state as required.