Trial expected to begin Jan. 22

Police hold list of 'johns' in Strong case pending trial

By George Chappell | Jan 08, 2013
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Kennebunk — Kennebunk police have said they will not release anymore names in the prostitution case involving Thomaston businessman Mark Strong until after his trial, which is set for later this month.

Right now, investigators and the York County District Attorney’s Office are preparing for Strong’s trial, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The Kennebunk Police Department, which conducted the investigation against Wright and Strong has been releasing names of johns, or prostitution clients, for the past few months. A total of 65 people has been charged with engaging in prostitution, including four men who pleaded guilty to engaging a prostitute.

On July 10, 2012, Strong was arrested on a warrant for the charge of promotion of prostitution. Strong posted $5,000 cash bail and the case was set for arraignment Sept. 5.

Since the time of Strong's arrest, Portland attorney Daniel G. Lilley has filed 16 motions in court for his client, including unsuccessful motions to dismiss. Hearings have been held at York County Superior Court in Alfred and at Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland.

Strong, 57, is charged with promoting the prostitution of Alexis S. Wright, a 29-year-old  Zumba fitness instructor, who is accused of engaging in prostitution in her dance studio in Kennebunk.

Justice Nancy Mills has put Strong’s case on the January trial list while dance instructor Alexis Wright will be tried later in May.

Strong has pleaded not guilty to 59 misdemeanor counts of promotion of prostitution and violation of privacy. Wright has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts, including prostitution, invasion of privacy and income tax evasion.

Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at gchappell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

 

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