Former Police Officer Arrested for Human Trafficking

Paula Liu
By Paula Liu
July 13, 2020US News
Former Police Officer Arrested for Human Trafficking
A Washington Metropolitan Police vehicle is parked on the other side of a tape police line along the Tidal Basin as cherry blossoms cover the trees, in Washington on March 23, 2020. (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

A former Alabama police officer was arrested and charged with human trafficking, second degree kidnapping, and first degree sodomy, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Monday.

Joshua Matthew Davidson, 30, was taken into custody Friday night around 6:30 p.m. at an apartment complex in the Hamptons, New Hampshire, reported WMUR 9.

He is currently being held in Rockingham County Jail and has an arraignment scheduled at the Hampton District Court on Monday. Courts in Alabama requested that his bail be set at $250,000.

Prior to his arrest, Davidson was a wanted fugitive who was on the run from human trafficking, second degree kidnapping, and first degree sodomy charges. All of his outstanding arrest warrants were issued from Dallas County, Alabama.

“Davidson was aware of these charges and had originally indicated to authorities in Alabama that he would surrender to them,” said Deputy Marshal Jeffrey White, with the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force, reported. However, Davidson didn’t surrender himself to Alabama authorities and instead fled the state, White said.

Task force members received information regarding Davidson’s whereabouts from the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, who believed that Davidson had taken refuge on the coast of New Hampshire. They eventually located a vehicle that was connected to him on Davidson on C Street where Davidson was then arrested without incidence.

“This arrest is another great example of the network of investigators of the U.S. Marshals Service that spans the country and the globe. Fugitive cases evolve rapidly and our task force is able to respond equally as quickly to ensure that we can safely take these accused violent fugitives off the streets,” said U.S. Marshal Nick Willard, according to Patch.

U.S. Marshals, Fugitive Task Forces, the Belknap and Rockingham County Sheriff’s Offices, the Greenfield, Hampton, and Seabrook Police Departments, and the New Hampshire State Police also aided in the arrest of Davidson.

It is not clear if Davidson has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

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