For Immediate Release - May 13, 2009

North Andover Woman Found Guilty

A Lawrence Superior Court jury found Melissa Halstrom, 34, ofNorth Andover, guilty of three counts of inducing a minor into prostitution and three counts of deriving support from a child prostitute late yesterday afternoon, following a five day trial. The jury deliberated for two hours before returning its verdict.

Judge Kathe Tuttman set a sentencing date of May 22, at which time Halstrom faces a sentence that could range from five years to life in state prison.

Halstrom's co-defendant, Anthony Gorgoglione, Jr., 44, of Millbury, was found guilty of two charges of inducing a minor into prostitution. He will also be sentenced on May 22.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate B. MacDougall proved that Halstrom ran a prostitution ring out of her Elm Street apartment, advertising on the Web site The three girls who she persuaded to work in her ring were ages 16 and 17 at the time.

Prosecutor MacDougall presented evidence that Halstrom would arrange meetings between the girls and older men, which took place at area hotels. The men paid $300 per hour, of which Halstrom would keep $100.

The prosecutor also proved that Gorgoglione took pictures of the girls in lingerie, which were posted on the business's website, and aided in inducing them into prostitution.

Both defendants are in custody pending sentencing later this month. Halstrom was represented by Attorney John Morris, and Gorgoglione was represented by Attorney Lynette Leos.

Prosecutor MacDougall praised the work of North Andover detectives Diane Heffernan, Daniel Cronin, Tom Donovan and Eugene Salois.