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Salem woman found guilty of sex trafficking, prostitution

By PAT GROSSMITH
New Hampshire Union Leader

June 20. 2017 10:29PM
LORI ANN BARRON 

SALEM, Mass. — A Salem, N.H., woman, who ran a massage parlor for men in Lawrence, Mass., was found guilty Monday of sex trafficking, prostitution and photographing an unsuspecting nude person.

Lori Ann Barron, 54, of 20 Riversedge Drive, was found innocent on a charge of intimidation of a witness by a Salem Superior Court jury that deliberated for four hours. She was found not guilty of a witness intimidation charge.

Judge Helene Kazanjian revoked Barron’s bail and she was taken into custody. A sentencing hearing is set for July 28 at 2 p.m. in Superior Court.

“The victims in this case showed great courage in testifying despite having to expose their own mistakes,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.  “In doing so, they enabled us to hold this defendant accountable and protect other young women from exploitation. It is my hope that this verdict allows them to move forward knowing that, in fact, they were victimized by this defendant.”

Essex County Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall presented evidence proving Lori Barron recruited young women to perform sexual acts at the massage parlor.

 After hiring the women to work as a receptionist, she would pressure them to give massages and instructed them to perform a sex act at the conclusion of the massage. She videotaped the women performing the sex acts and threatened to show the videos to family members or the Department of Children and Families if the women refused to perform the sex acts, according to prosecutors.

 Barron was arrested in June of 2013 after one of the young women went to Lawrence police to report that Barron was operating a prostitution business at the spa on Broadway in Lawrence.

Defense attorney Michael Tumposky maintained that one of the other women was actually running the business and not his client.

Barron was charged in 2013 but the case lingered in the courts, according to district attorney spokesman Carrie Kimball Monahan, because she changed attorneys several times and because MacDougall was also the prosecutor in the case of Philip D. Chism, who as a 14-year-old raped and murdered his Danvers High School math teacher, Colleen Ritzer, 24.

Human trafficking has a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in state prison and a maximum of 20 years.

pgrossmith@unionleader.com


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