Thomaston business owner arrested in prostitution case
Thomaston — Mark Strong, president and owner of Strong Insurance Agency in Thomaston, was arrested July 10 on a charge of promoting prostitution, according to the jail log at Knox County Jail.
Strong spent about two hours at the jail before posting $5,000 cash bail and being released.
Meanwhile, Maine State Police investigators searched Strong's house at 53 Knox Street. What appeared to be unmarked police cars were also parked at the Strong Insurance Agency, located in the former State Police Troop D barrack next to the former Maine State Prison property on Main Street in Thomaston (Route 1).
A Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit van was parked at Strong's Thomaston home during the search.
In a press release, Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said:
"State Police this afternoon arrested Mark Strong of Thomaston on a charge of promotion of prostitution. State Police have been assisting the Kennebunk Police Department for several months with the ongoing investigation. Strong was taken into custody early this afternoon and taken to the Knox County Jail. The two police agencies then conducted a search of his home and the offices of his insurance agency, both located in Thomaston. More information on the case is expected to be released Wednesday by Kennebunk Police Chief Robert Mackenzie."
Strong has been in business for about 24 years in this area. The business was located in the former Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles building in Thomaston, but moved to the former State Police barrack in 2011.
A sign on the door at Strong's business said it would be closed until Wednesday.