PORTSMOUTH NH Aug 6 2012 — A clinical psychologist, with a private practice in Exeter, is wanted by police on a warrant alleging he operated a prostitution business out of a Portsmouth apartment.
Police announced Saturday that Alexander Marino, 38, of 565 #4 Sagamore Ave., Portsmouth, is wanted for a misdemeanor count of prostitution that alleges he knowingly allowed his apartment to be used for prostitution, and that he benefited financially from the sale of sex.
We’re alleging he received money back,” said Capt. Corey MacDonald. “It’s not like he passively owned the apartment.”
Marino is also charged with a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession alleging pot found in the apartment was his, said MacDonald. Marino’s name is on the apartment lease and he facilitated the sale of sex most recently through advertisements on the Web site backpage.com, said MacDonald.
According to the police captain, the prostitution business has been in operation for as long as a year.
According to Marino’s business Web site, he’s a licensed clinical psychologist with a practice on Front Street in Exeter, specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, panic disorder and insomnia.
A message left at Marino’s business seeking his comment was not immediately returned Saturday.
MacDonald said an investigation began with complaints from members of the community who reported different women bringing men from the apartment pool area into Marino’s apartment.
Witnesses also reported men arriving by taxi cabs and staying for brief periods of time, he said.
Based on those tips, police conducted an undercover surveillance operation and on Thursday night a woman was taken into custody on related charges, said MacDonald. Plain-clothes officers were in the area at the time when they smelled marijuana burning, he said. When an officer knocked on the door to Marino’s apartment, a man climbed out a window “and took flight while holding an open condom,” said MacDonald.
At the scene, police arrested Brooke Parent, 21, of Manchester, on a charge of prostitution alleging she offered to perform a sex act for $100.
A warrant has since been issued for the man police say went out the window and who was identified Saturday as Jim Parra, 22, of Kittery, Maine, for a misdemeanor count of prostitution, police said.
MacDonald said the case remains under investigation and may involve similar alleged crimes in Manchester and Portland, Maine.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the lead investigator, Det. Rochelle Jones, at 610-7503.
Those individuals who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 431-1199 or (207) 439-1199. Reports may also be made through the Crime Stoppers Web site, http://www.seacoastcrimestoppers.org.