December 11, 2012

Zumba case lawyer to argue illegal search

The attorney for Mark Strong says officials also have not disclosed everything found in searches in the high-profile prostitution case.

By Scott Dolan sdolan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Mark Strong Sr.

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Alexis Wright

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Hopkins' attorney, Dana Prescott, filed a motion on Oct. 15 arguing that the case against Wright "has now gone viral in the media," that Wright married recently and that her husband, Jason Trowbridge, moved to Texas. The motion also says Wright has family in Mexico.

Prescott argues that while bail conditions bar Wright from traveling, her son still has an active passport.

Hopkins is asking the court to grant him primary custody, impound their son's passport and restrict their son from leaving Maine without a court order.

Churchill countered in an objection filed with the court that Wright's husband is a Maine resident, although he works out of state and travels for weeks at a time. Churchill said Wright and her son don't travel with him and continue to live in Wells.

Although the court ordered the case files sealed this month, the Portland Press Herald obtained copies of Hopkins' motion and Wright's objection. The custody case in Lewiston dates to 2007, when Wright first filed for custody.

So far, at least eight men have pleaded guilty to single counts of engaging a prostitute in the case. Four of them pleaded guilty in York Court Superior Court through their attorneys and three others were found guilty in Biddeford District Court.

The District Attorney's Office identified the eighth man this week in response to a Freedom of Access request by the Press Herald.

Neil McDonald, 58, of 13 Acorn Lane in Scarborough, pleaded guilty before Justice Roland Cole on Nov. 30 in York County Superior Court, with his attorney appearing on his behalf. McDonald was fined $1,000 and assessed $210 in fees and court costs.

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

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