EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 6, 2011

Two charged for prostitution behind Salem Walmart

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie

SALEM — A Salem woman and a Haverhill, Mass., man face prostitution charges after an incident behind Walmart Sunday afternoon.

Karen Motard, 40, of Salem and Barry Freeman, 59, of Haverhill, Mass., face prostitution and related offenses, and are scheduled to appear in Salem District Court.

A citizen called police at 1 p.m. Sunday to report "suspicious activity" behind Walmart at 314 N. Broadway, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said.

The caller told police a woman had walked into the woods behind the store, then emerged a few minutes later and gestured to a man in a nearby vehicle.

The man, later identified as Freeman, parked his truck, got out carrying a blanket and paper towels, then went into the woods with the woman, Patten said.

Officers encountered Freeman when he was re-emerging from the woods. He told them he had been taking pictures of foliage, Patten said.

By then, Motard had run away from the scene through the woods. She was located in the parking lot at the nearby Wendy's restaurant.

She admitted to police she had performed a sex act on Freeman for $25, Patten said.

Both Freeman and Motard were taken into custody without incident and charged with prostitution and related offenses.

They were released on summonses to appear in Salem District Court.

"In the middle of the daytime, behind Walmart, it's relatively uncommon," Patten said of the incident. "We usually get this type of behavior at local hotels and motels."

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