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Woman arrested here held in Va.

May 16, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

An alleged dominatrix on the lam since being indicted in 2001 was arrested in Hagers-town, according to a spokesman for a Virginia police department.

Patricia Helen Meehan, 55, initially stated her last name was "Noonan" after Maryland State Police troopers came to her house at 820 Marion St. on May 8. Bill Kennedy, public information officer for the Stafford County (Va.) Sheriff's Office, said the woman was indicted in 2001 on charges of prostitution, keeping a bawdy house, crimes against nature and manufacturing marijuana.

On Tuesday, an officer at Rappahannock Regional Jail in Stafford, Va., said Meehan was being held without bond.

Kennedy said police began investigating Meehan after receiving complaints from some neighbors in the Aquia Harbour subdivision where she lived. Kennedy said police found a Web site for Mistress Jesse, D.C.'s Hottest Domina, that they linked to her.

Meehan allegedly told one man who was considering buying a home in the neighborhood that she was a dominatrix, Kennedy said.

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"She told him what she charged, which was $275 an hour," Kennedy alleged. Meehan also allegedly offered to show the man her home.

"She made reference to a dungeon in her home and offered to let the witness see the dungeon. ... The witness declined," Kennedy said.

When police searched Meehan's Aquia Harbour home, they found a "substantial inventory of bondage instruments and sexual aids," Kennedy said.

The charges of manufacturing marijuana and crimes against nature are felonies, while the charges of prostitution and keeping a bawdy house are misdemeanors, according to Kennedy.

Kennedy said he did not know if any of Meehan's alleged clients were charged.

Kennedy said he did not know how long Meehan was in Hagerstown or how long the alleged house of prostitution operated in Stafford. An officer at the Hagerstown Police Department said he could find any record that Meehan came to the attention of local police.

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