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January 9, 2014

DA: It's premature to discuss 'other charges' in brothel case

LAWRENCE — Nearly seven months after she was arrested and her alleged brothel shutdown, Lori Barron’s client list remains a public mystery and it’s unclear if any of her alleged customers — reported by police to be in the thousands — will face criminal charges.

Barron, 50, of Salem, N.H. was back in Salem (Mass.) Superior Court briefly yesterday, where she’s facing sexual trafficking, prostitution and other related charges for allegedly running an illegal brothel out of her Lawrence massage parlor “The Day Spa for Gentlemen” at 7B Broadway.

Barron, a married mother of two college age daughters, is accused of luring young women to work in the spa and perform sexual acts on paying customers.

After she was arrested and shutdown in June, police said Barron's client list may have up to 2,000 names. No specific names were released but customers were reported to be local firefighters, a police officer, politicians, teachers, lawyers and court workers, according to police reports.

The criminal indictments in Barron’s case remain sealed and off limits from public view in her court file. Also, in August, a superior court judge issued a protective order barring video seized in the case which depicts “nudity and sexual acts” from being publicly released or duplicated in any way. The video cannot leave the custody of the attorneys involved in the case.

In court yesterday, Barron’s defense attorney Francis O’Brien of Boston said they are waiting for prosecutors to turn over additional discovery information as possible evidence in the case. O’Brien also said as the case moves forward he anticipates filing motions to suppress on evidence. Judge John Lu set a hearing date of Feb. 20 on discovery motions.

When asked yesterday if there are plans to prosecute any of Barron’s alleged customers, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said the “matter remains under investigation so it premature to discuss any other charges.”

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