State temporarily suspends license of accused pimp psychologist

August 14, 2012

An Exeter psychologist charged with running a prostitution operation out of his Portsmouth apartment has had his license temporarily suspended by the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health.

Alexander Marino, 38, of 565 Sagamore Ave., in Portsmouth is currently free on bail following his arrest for allowing his apartment in Sagamore Court to be used for prostitution. But until Monday, he was free to keep treating patients.

Peggy Lynch, the board's administrative assistant, said the board has scheduled a review hearing with Marino at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Aug. 27 to determine if his license to practice psychiatry in New Hampshire will remain suspended or be re-instated as his criminal case proceeds through the court system.

The hearing is scheduled to take place a 2:30 p.m., according to Lynch.

According to a letter issued by the board, Marino was granted his license to practice mental health care in New Hampshire on Dec. 3, 2010 and has a licensed clinical psychological practice on 24 Front St. in Exeter.

Assistant Attorney General Jason Reimers will serve as the board's hearing counsel for the Aug. 27 court proceedings, according to the board's letter.

According to Portsmouth Police, Marino was using his apartment to run a prostitution operation with links to Manchester and Portland, Maine since October. Police said men would arrive at Sagamore Court, hang out a the pool and enter Marino's apartment with an assortment of scantilly-clad women to receive services.

Marino, Brooke Parent, 21, of Manchester, and Jim Parra, 22, of Kittery, Maine, were all charged with prostitution following a police investigation on Aug. 4. Marino turned himself into Portsmouth Police on Aug. 7 after an arrest warrant was issued. Marino, Parent and Parra are scheduled to be arraigned in Portsmouth Circuit Court on Oct. 1. and Marino remains free after posting $1,000 cash bail and $15,000 personal recognizance.

Source: Robert Cook, "Exeter Psychologist Has License Temporarily Suspended," Portsmouth Patch, August 14, 2012.


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