PORTSMOUTH — A South End man is charged with three crimes alleging he was on bail when he solicited a woman through the website MeetMe and agreed to pay her in cash and drugs for sex.
Christopher Burke, 25, of 161 South St., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for one charge of promoting prostitution and two counts alleging he breached bail conditions, according to the public police log. Police Lt. Darrin Sargent said the charges stem from a day-long incident Dec. 28, when the woman phoned police for help.
During an interview, the woman told police that after she made contact with Burke online, he picked her up in Dover and brought her to Portsmouth, Sargent said. The woman said Burke told her he had LSD, methamphetamine, cocaine, "Molly" and various pills, according to police. When she suggested the drugs were "not real," they drove to Eliot, Maine, for more drugs, it's alleged.
The woman told police she and Burke engaged in sex, then there was a dispute about payment, Sargent said. When Burke started putting out knives and hammers, while telling her to hide and that people were coming to steal the drugs, the woman became frightened, left the residence in pouring rain and called police, it's alleged.
Officers answered that call Dec. 28 but there was not enough evidence for an arrest or search that night, Sargent said. An investigation and the arrest warrant followed, he said. The residence where Burke lives is owned by a relative, according to police.
Burke was previously arrested by Portsmouth police Sept. 16 for criminal mischief, then arrested New Year's Eve by Kittery, Maine, police for charges alleging burglary and criminal threatening with a hammer. Because terms of his bail for those charges mandated good behavior, he was charged this week with breaching bail conditions, police said.
Following his Tuesday arrest on the new charges, Burke was released on personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 11 in the Portsmouth Circuit Court.
The underlying prostitution allegations remain under investigation, Sargent said.