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Darien Man Cited in Stamford Prostitution Bust

A Greenwich man also was issued an infraction summons when police raided a Summer Street massage parlor on Thursday.

A 40-year-old Darien man was cited in Stamford Thursday during a bust of an alleged prostitution ring that operated out of a massage parlor, according to .

The Devon Road resident was ticketed with patronizing a prostitute during the raid, which was reportedly carried out after police received numerous citizen complaints about the business.

According Lt. Tim Shaw, the department's Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit executed a search and seizure warrant at La Rue Estetique Spa (2700 Summer St.) Thursday afternoon.

Upon entering the building, officers observed a male and female engaging in sexual activity in a room on the second floor. In another room, officers observed a female wearing only a bra standing next to a male who was undressed and laying on a massage table. A third female was found sitting at a desk with a computer. 

During the search, officers seized the computer, a credit card data processor, an interior surveillance system with three cameras, numerous condoms concealed in cans with false bottoms, body oils and lotions, and cash. A 2003 Lexus model GX 470 was also seized from the location.

Officers called the ring's "madam" — Natalia Cataraso, 41, of Brooklyn, NY — to the location where she was arrested and charged with promoting prostitution in the second degree and operating a massage parlor without a license. Rano Rakhimova, 21, Maryna Rogozhyna, 29, and Alla Gindin, 39, of Brooklyn, NY, were all arrested and charged with prostitution and operating a massage parlor without a license.

Along with the Darien man, a 68-year-old Greenwich resident was also cited for patronizing a prostitute. Both were released on a promise to appear and are scheduled to appear in court April 7.

This story was by Stamford Patch. The language describing violations has been updated to reflect more accurately what charges police brought.

Siwanoy April 11, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Chandra, are they any updates to this case? Since it was reported it must be newsworthy, so the result of the case or status of the case is newsworthy as well, no?
Siwanoy April 11, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I looked up the Darien's man name in the stamford court systems database and turned up no results... looks like charges were dropped.
Glasshouse April 11, 2012 at 04:51 PM
That is why it is such a mistake to constantly print initial charges made by DPD. The subjective stories told by DPD are often not accurate and not held up in court. Unfortunately the only thing made public is the sensational charge...not the real story. People and families are hurt. This happens all the time.
Siwanoy April 11, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Exactly. I have no problem with the media reporting arrests if they'll also report the results of the court cases, otherwise you're only showing one side.. I'd expect journalist integrity to play a role here, or at the very least for the writer/blogger/journalist to understand the power of their words.
Siwanoy April 12, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I've emailed the author of this article asking for an update, no response. Great reporting, I emailed both the Darien Times and the Darien News-Review and they emailed me back letting me know they didn't know what the result was but would find out for me.

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