Marblehead MA attorney Charles Cook among 10 indicted in sex trafficking ring​​​​​​​

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Well respected attorney Cook somehow got himself involved in a very serious crimonal enterprise. This will not end well.

Marblehead MA attorney Charles Cook among 10 indicted in sex trafficking ring

 

MARBLEHEAD — A prominent attorney from Marblehead is among 10 people indicted in connection with an alleged human trafficking operation, prosecutors announced Friday.

Charles Cook, 65, was indicted Thursday by a statewide grand jury on charges of conspiracy to traffic persons for sexual servitude, conspiracy to launder money and sexual conduct for a fee.

The charges stem from an investigation by the attorney general's office into a website called ""Chloe's Companions."

Two women, Sonya "Chloe" Palic, 46, of Manchester, N.H., and Charlotte "Red" Napolitano, 46, of Bedford, N.H., were first arrested last February.

They allegedly oversaw an operation in which 12 to 15 women at any given time were made available through the website to men who were willing to pay for sex.

The women were taken to locations all over eastern Massachusetts.

Pulic and Napolitano were indicted on 19 counts each of trafficking persons for sexual servitude and deriving support from prostitution, as well as conspiracy counts. Pulic was also charged with money laundering. They each face charges in multiple counties.

Also indicted were John Vivilecchia, 53, of Groveland, David Johnson, 60, of Carver, Eric Simpson, 44, of Mendon, Anthony DiDominzio, 52, of Manchester, N.H.; Caleb Gerry, 23, of Gardner, Richard Napolitano, 43, and Eric Peltak, 44, of Manchester, N.H.

The attorney general's office said that the role of Cook, Vivilecchia, Simpson and Johnson involved paying for sex and helping to launder funds.

The men are expected to be arraigned within the next two weeks.

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The indictments come a year after Waltham police first referred the case to the attorney general's office, which has targeted human trafficking.

Cook's attorney, Kevin Reddington, called his client "a respected professional and a very decent guy."

"I feel badly he's involved in this situation," said Reddington.

Source: Salem News