Acting in an undercover capacity Salem, Massachusetts Police Detective Bill Jennings met forty six year old Lisa Anderson at her apartment posing as a potential client. Anderson had a website listing her services as an escort or companion. She greeted Jennings in a bra, thong and nylons. The two conversed and agreed on a price of two hundred dollars an hour for sex. Anderson was then arrested and charged with one count of Prostitution and one count of Using a Building for Prostitution. The case is being prosecuted in the Salem District Court.
So what is Anderson looking at? Well, she is probable being charged under M.G.L. ch. 272 Section 53A making it a crime to engage in sex for a fee or to offer to do so. The maximum sentence is one year in the house of correction and/or a five hundred dollar fine. Using a Building for Prostitution is a crime pursuant to M.G.L. ch. 139 Section 4. The maximum sentence under that statute is three years in state prison, making this crime a felony. I would guess that if Anderson gets an Experienced Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer and if she has no record or an unremarkable criminal record the district attorney will agree to dismiss the felony and continue the Prostitution charge without a finding.
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