Sports reporter arraigned in hotel prostitution sting

6:59 AM, Jul 31, 2009   |    comments
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USA TODAY -- A 23-year sports reporter for the New Hampshire Union-Leader has been charged with helping other men score in a prostitute ring he is accused of running out of an Andover, Mass., hotel.

A story in The Boston Globe says Kevin Provencher, 50, was charged Wednesday on two counts of deriving support from the earnings of a prostitute, to which he pleaded not guilty. He also was suspended by the newspaper pending the outcome of the case.

The Globe says prosecutor Michelle Defeo told the court Provencher used a half-dozen women who worked out of a SpringHill Suites on Minuteman Road in Andover. Police began investigating when staffers at the hotel complained.

They said Provencher would check in and say his wife or girlfriend would be meeting him. Then he would leave, women would enter, and men would visit. Police set up a sting at the hotel June 11 and "could hear activity consistent with sexual intercourse,'' Defeo was quoted as saying. Police stopped several men, who provided statements.

Two women also said they responded to an ad on Craigslist and Provencher met them for interviews, according to the police report.The prosecutor said he photographed women for advertisements on Craigslist and other online sites. Provencher is out on bail awaiting a hearing.


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