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March 8, 2012

Grandma busted on prostitution charge

SALEM — A 47-year-old grandmother was charged with prostitution after she agreed to do "whatever you want" to a Salem police detective working undercover on Tuesday night, according to police.

Rita Ann Hogan, who was using the name "Summer" on two websites where she was allegedly advertising her services, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment yesterday in Salem District Court to a charge of sexual conduct for a fee. She was ordered held on $1,000 cash bail, as well as a Lynn police warrant.

Police had received reports of suspicious activity at an apartment at 255 Jefferson Ave. in Salem over the past couple of months, Salem police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski said in court.

Salem police Detective Brian St. Pierre identified the residents, including Hogan, and then searched Internet sites that advertise so-called "erotic services."

A second detective, Jack Doyle, then called the number in the ad for "Summer" and arranged an appointment.

The woman taking the call — police now believe it was Hogan's 27-year-old daughter — asked if it would be an "out call" or an "in call" — a visit to her home.

Tuesday evening, just after 9, Doyle got a call suggesting he come by the Jefferson Avenue apartment in about 20 minutes and asking him to bring cigarettes.

When he showed up, Hogan was in the doorway. She asked him if he was in law enforcement. He responded by asking her the same question.

Hogan — who is 5 feet 6 inches, 135 pounds and blond, according to court papers — then pulled down her shirt, revealing her breasts, and pressed against him, according to the report.

A second woman, who identified herself as "Randy," came in and introduced herself, giving Doyle the once-over. That woman, later identified as Hogan's daughter, who has not been charged at this point, then left. Police noted that her young children were both home at the time, and they have filed a report with the Department of Children and Families.

When Doyle tried to negotiate a price, Hogan allegedly told him to wait until after to discuss money. Doyle then signaled other officers waiting nearby, and Hogan was arrested.

Defense lawyer John Morris questioned the request for bail, suggesting that in this instance, prostitution was a victimless crime.

Hogan is due back in court April 10.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis may be reached at 978-338-2521 or jmanganis@salemnews.com.

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