Kennebunk police charge four more in prostitution case
Kennebunk — The Kennebunk Police Department released the names Nov. 26 of four more men charged in connection with the Alexis Wright and Mark Strong prostitution case.
This brings the total charged to 62 men, four who have pleaded guilty.
Kennebunk police Lt. Anthony Bean Burpee said those who are charged used the services of Alexis Wright, 29, 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.
Since the last release of the Kennebunk Police Department’s bi-weekly blotter Nov. 9, there have been two shortened weeks owing to Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving, which makes it difficult for investigators to schedule interviews with alleged suspect, Burpee said.
"Additionally, investigators have been busy the past two weeks preparing information for attorney-requested discovery material in order to meet court imposed deadlines," he added. "Preparation of paperwork and investigations are two very time-consuming tasks"
Suspects added are:
Donald A. Meyer, 41, of Raymond, is scheduled to appear in Biddeford District Court Feb. 20, 2013.
David F. Burley, 47, of Biddeford, is scheduled to appear in court, Feb. 20, 2013.
Christopher Cutshall, 52, of Portland, is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 20.
Roger C. Larson, 58, of Harrison, is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 20.
The list of names released does not include the four men who have pleaded guilty. York County Deputy District Attorney Justina McGettigan said Nov. 15 their names had not been released in the logs because they had already pleaded guilty to the charges.
Maine State Police had been assisting the Kennebunk Police Department for several months with an ongoing investigation of the crimes alleged in Kennebunk from October 2010 through Feb. 14, 2012.
Wright was indicted by the York County grand jury on 106 counts, including charges of engaging in prostitution, violation of privacy, and tax evasion.
Thomaston insurance broker Mark Strong Sr., 57, of Thomaston, was indicted on 59 counts of promotion of prostitution, invasion of privacy, and conspiracy in the case.
Wright and Strong pleaded not guilty in Maine Superior Court in Cumberland County.
Burpee said the investigation continues, and criminal summonses will be issued as individual cases are processed.
The next bi-weekly police blotter will be issued Friday, Dec. 7, sometime during the afternoon, Burpee said.
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