Two arrested for prostitution of minor

Walter C. Brown, 71 and Claire E. Poole, 39 (Hampden District Attorney’s Office)

MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – Two people have been arrested for human trafficking of a minor.

The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office said 39-year-old Claire Poole of Palmer Road in Monson, was arranging for a child in her early teens to engage in sexual acts for fee with a resident of Ware.

Photo Courtesy: Hampden County District Attorney

The Hampden DA’s office also said Poole facilitated a number of meetings between the child and the adult by establishing contact and providing transportation. Poole would also collect a portion of the proceeds that the child was receiving.

Monson police arrested Poole on July 7. She is facing charges including human trafficking, inducing a minor for prostitution, deriving support from child prostitution, exhibiting a child in a sexual act and distributing material depicting a child in a sexual act.

Photo Courtesy: Hampden County District Attorney

Ware Police also arrested and charged 71-year-old Walter Brown of River Road in Ware.

Brown is facing charges including statutory rape and abuse of a child, post/exhibit a child in the nude and possession of child pornography.

Poole was arraigned in Palmer District Court on Monday and bail was set at $25,000 cash with orders of no contact with the victim, no contact with minors under 16, drug and alcohol free random screens and no leaving the state without permission.

Brown was held without the right to bail pending his arraignment Monday, in the Belchertown District Court.