SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 22, 2013

Peabody woman charged with prostitution

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — SALEM — Police in an undercover operation arrested a 24-year-old Peabody woman at Rainbow Terrace yesterday, charging her with prostitution.

Cynthia Keith, 24, 9 Central St., Peabody was arrested after she advertised her services on backpage.com, a classified advertisement website, Detective Kevin St. Pierre said. The arrest was made at 3 Rainbow Terrace around 5:30 p.m.

The public housing complex is run by the Salem Housing Authority and is off Loring Avenue next to Salem State University.

St. Pierre said police monitor such websites for any illegal activity, such as prostitution.

Detective Thomas Brennan was sent in undercover during the arrest.

“We got a complaint back in May about suspicious activity consistent with prostitution in that area,” St. Pierre said. But police were unable to find anything at the time.

Detective Sgt. Kristian Hanson and Detective Dennis Gaudet assisted in the arrest.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.