December 4, 2012

Accused Kennebunk 'johns' to appear in court Wednesday

Just three of the 21 men who were summonsed for arraignment are expected to attend.

By Scott Dolan sdolan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Alexis Wright

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Mark Strong Sr.

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Attorney Peter DeTroy represents Bahlkow and Soule. He said he has 21 days to decide how to proceed. He said he sought to keep the cases in District Court for now to give his clients the most options.

DeTroy said, "If I decide to transfer it to Superior Court, I'll have the option of a bench trial or jury trial."

In District Court, he could seek a trial before a judge rather than a jury, he said.

Messages left for attorneys for some of the other men were not returned Tuesday.

Wright has been charged with 106 counts, including promotion of prostitution, engaging in prostitution, invasion of privacy, conspiracy, tax offenses and receiving welfare benefits when ineligible. She has pleaded not guilty.

Mark Strong Sr., a businessman from Thomaston who is accused of conspiring with Wright, has been indicted on 59 misdemeanor charges of promotion of prostitution, violation of privacy and conspiracy to commit those crimes. He also has pleaded not guilty.

A Superior Court justice held a phone conference Tuesday with defense attorneys and prosecutors to discuss whether to try Wright and Strong together or separately.

Prosecutors have until Thursday to file more information supporting their argument that two be tried together.

Defense attorneys then will have until Monday to file responses.

Staff Writer Scott Dolan can be contacted at 791-6304 or at:

sdolan@mainetoday.com

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