Husband, wife charged in Kennebunk prostitution case

By George Chappell | Dec 26, 2012
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Rockland — A husband and wife have been charged with engaging a prostitute in the ongoing Alexis Wright and Mark Strong Sr. prostitution case.

The bi-weekly list of clients released by the Kennebunk Police Department included the name of Denise J. Sillon, 58, of Shapleigh. An earlier list on Oct. 26, gave the name Dennis Sillon, 54, at the same address.

Lt. Anthony J. Bean Burpee of the Kennebunk Police Department confirmed by email the two are husband and wife.

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.

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.

Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or at

Comments (1)
Posted by: Cynthia Battel | Dec 27, 2012 12:34

So if you plead guilty, your name will not be published?  

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