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New Hampshire

June 13, 2013

Police work to narrow client list


“And unless somebody is charged with something, there’s really not a lot we can do about it,” Buote said.

Methuen police Chief Joseph Solomon echoed similar sentiments. “At this point, I have not been notified that a police officer was involved in any crime,” he said.

Solomon added, “I do not want to act on rumors because I have seen what rumors can do to someone’s career.”

Barron, known to her workers as “Nina,” was arraigned in Lawrence District Court on seven felony counts, including human trafficking, illegal wiretapping, keeping a house of prostitution and photographing an unsuspecting nude person. Bail was set at $30,000, which Barron posted shortly after her arraignment.

According to police records, Barron preyed on needy young women, first employing them as receptionists and then “promoting” them to massage therapists and requiring them to perform manual and oral sex for cash. She paid her workers, including an 18-year-old local high school student, in cash and never processed any tax paperwork. She allegedly advertised the receptionist jobs on Craigslist and posted daily spa specials on Backpage.com, police said.

When clients went to the spa, they were required to place $100 cash in a basket Barron controlled. In order to obtain sexual services, they had to pay another $100, a cut of which was given to the workers, the workers told police. Barron also told the girls she had a connections with both the FBI and Lawrence police. The names of her alleged connections were not included in police reports.

Methuen attorney Thomas Torrisi, who represented Barron when she was arrested in May 2011 and later convicted on a prostitution charge in Salem N.H., said he was falsely labeled as one of Barron’s clients in police reports. Torrisi said his relationship with Barron was purely client/attorney.

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