Psychologist by day, pimp by night; police searching for Alexander Marino

Police are hunting for an Exeter psychologist accused of being involved in a prostitution operation in Portsmouth (New Hampshire).

Alexander Marino, 38, is wanted on several charges. He’s a licensed clinical psychologist with an office at 24 Front St. in Exeter.

Portsmouth police said Marino allowed a prostitution operation to be run out of his apartment, located at a complex at 565 Sagamore Ave., Apt. 4, in Portsmouth.

Police said women would meet male clients at the complex’s pool and take them to Marino’s apartment. Other men would arrive in taxi cabs, police said.

Police said they were tipped off to the alleged operation by “community complaints.”

Officers conducted a surveillance operation of Marino’s apartment on Thursday and detected drug use. As officers closed in, a man climbed out of a window and jumped while holding an opened condom, according to Portsmouth police Capt. Corey MacDonald.

Officers then arrested Brooke Parent, 22, of Manchester, on a prostitution charge.

In addition to Marino, police are also looking for Jim Para, 22, of Kittery, Maine who is wanted on a prostitution charge. Marino is wanted for prostitution and marijuana possession.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts can call Seacoast Crime Stoppers at 603-431-1199.

Police said the prostitution operation may extend into Manchester and the Portsmouth, Maine area. It was advertised on the website http://www.backpage.com, police said.

Source: Jason Claffey, “Psychologist by Day; Pimp by Night, Police Say,” Exeter Patch, August 5, 2012.

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