Lowell Man Indicted On Charges Alleging He Ran A Prostitution Ring In Lowell And Threatened, Physically Assaulted Female Victims
For Immediate Release March 29, 2012
Contact: Stephanie Chelf Guyotte/MaryBeth Long
LOWELL- A Lowell man has been indicted on charges alleging that he ran a prostitution ring in Lowell and threatened and physically assaulted three of the women who were allegedly working for him after they tried to leave, Middlesex District Attorney Leone announced today.
Harold Jack Lucas, 57, of Lowell, was indicted by a Middlesex County grand jury on charges of deriving support from a prostitute (3 counts), running a house of prostitution, unarmed burglary, threats, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery.
An arraignment date has not yet been set.
Authorities allege that the defendant was running a prostitution ring out of his home at 15 Ellsworth Street in Lowell. The defendant is alleged to have preyed on homeless, drug dependant women and provided them with incentives of shelter, food, and drugs in return for all of the money they made as prostitutes. The defendant would allegedly arrange to have the women meet men at his residence, on the streets, or at a nearby hotel. The defendant also allegedly drove the women to different cities in order for them to work.
According to authorities, beginning in November 2011, the defendant allegedly offered one victim, who was homeless and drug-addicted, illegal narcotics and a place to stay. It is alleged that in exchange, this victim worked for the defendant as a prostitute. The victim moved into the defendant’s residence, located at 15 Ellsworth Street in Lowell, where she learned that the defendant had several women living with him and working for him as prostitutes.
At the end of the December, 2011, this victim informed the defendant that she did not want to work for him any longer. She moved out of his home. On January 22, 2012, the defendant allegedly threatened this victim and a second victim, by stating that he was going to break their legs. Later that evening, these women returned home to discover that the defendant had allegedly broken into their home. It is alleged that the defendant demanded that the first victim return to his home with him, and she complied.
Authorities allege that the defendant met a third victim in December who was also homeless and drug-addicted. The defendant offered the third victim drugs and a place to stay. The third victim then began working as a prostitute and provided the defendant with all of her earnings.
On January 13, 2012, the third victim decided to leave the defendant. She traveled to the train station in Lowell. The defendant allegedly discovered the victim had left and traveled to the train station where he approached the victim and took her suitcase. The third victim returned to the defendant’s home, where he allegedly physically assaulted her, punching her in her face and kicking her while she was down on the ground.
The following day, it is alleged that the defendant brought the victim to a restaurant in Methuen and while she was inside the establishment, the defendant left. The victim was able to have restaurant personnel contact the local police and she was transported to Holy Family Hospital where she was treated for a fractured nose and subconjunctival hemorrhage.
In February of 2012, the defendant met a fourth victim, a homeless, drug-addicted woman. The defendant offered the fourth victim drugs and a place to stay. In exchange, she worked for him as a prostitute and he took all of her earnings.
Lowell Police and members of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office commenced an investigation into the alleged assault and allegations of the defendant running a prostitution ring. On February 23, an undercover Lowell Police Officer arrested the defendant in Andover after he allegedly offered prostitution services to the officer. He was arraigned on February 24 in Lowell District Court where Judge Thomas Brennan ordered him held on $50,000 cash bail.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutors assigned to this case are Assistant District Attorneys Pamela Wechsler and Gina Kwon. The Victim Witness Advocate is Kathleen Keefe. This case was investigated by Lowell Police and members of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
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