Court denies plea agreement for Strong, trial to continue as scheduled

By George Chappell | Jan 18, 2013
Photo by: File photo Defense attorney Daniel Lilley and his client, Mark Strong Sr., of Thomaston

Portland — The lawyer for Thomaston insurance man Mark Strong Sr., 57, met with prosecutors and a judge Jan.18, behind closed doors at Cumberland County Courthouse to discuss a possible plea agreement.

The talks fell through, however, and Strong is scheduled to stand trial Tuesday, Jan. 22,  in York County Superior Court to face 59 misdemeanor counts accusing him promoting prostitution.

Daniel Lilley, the attorney for Strong Sr., 57, was also ordered on Friday to continue to represent Strong. Lilley had filed a motion earlier this week to withdraw from the case, saying that Strong has not been able to pay him and doesn’t have the resources to prepare for trial.

Superior Court Justice Karen Mills on Friday ordered Lilley to stay with the case.

Last fall Strong was indicted on 59 counts of promotion of prostitution, invasion of privacy, and conspiracy.

Kennebunk police, the lead investigators, say those who are charged used the services of Alexis Wright, 30, of Wells. Wright is charged with operating a prostitution business out of her Pura Vida Studio and an office space on High Street in Kennebunk.

Maine State Police had been assisting the Kennebunk Police Department for several months with an ongoing investigation of the crimes alleged to have taken place in Kennebunk from October 2010 through Feb. 14, 2012.

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Wright was indicted by the York County grand jury on 106 counts, including charges of engaging in prostitution, violation of privacy, and tax evasion.

Both pleaded not guilty in Maine Superior Court in Cumberland County.

Courier Publications reporter George Chappell may be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or at gchappell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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