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June 13, 2013

Police work to narrow client list

LAWRENCE — As interest and concern swirled across the Merrimack Valley, police yesterday were still compiling a detailed list of clients from Lori Barron’s alleged Broadway brothel “The Day Spa for Gentlemen.”

Barron, 50, of 20 Riversedge Dr., Salem, N.H., is accused of hiring young women who performed sexual acts on hundreds of men, allegedly including a Methuen police officer, Methuen firefighters, a Haverhill city councilor, area teachers, a doctor, lawyers and court workers, according to police reports filed Tuesday.

The women told police that Barron secretly and illegally taped the sexual trysts in the 7B Broadway location and then used the video footage to blackmail her workers if they stepped out of line or tried to quit.

Young women who worked in the spa provided police with only job descriptions of the men they serviced, not full names. The workers said Barron kept records of her clients, asking them for identification and having a body guard take down their license plate numbers while they were in the spa.

Lawrence police Chief John Romero said yesterday that detectives are still processing evidence, which includes an appointment book with first names only. State police yesterday were also given two computers, an external hard drive and five cell phones to analyze.

Romero said he’s received many calls about Barron’s clients.

“There’s a strong interest in who might be on the list,” he said.

It’s unclear if any of Barron’s clients will face charges, although both Romero and District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett stressed the investigation remains open.

Questioned Tuesday night, all nine Haverhill city councilors denied being one of Barron’s clients.

Methuen fire Chief Steve Buote said he’s aware of the allegations against members of his department but has not yet opened an internal investigation. Without names, Buote said it’s “fruitless to start an investigation ... Right now it’s accusations.”

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