October 26, 2012

Lawyer angry police released names of alleged Kennebunk 'johns'

The attorney for two men named in the high-profile prostitution case says police should have waited.

By Ann S. Kim akim@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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"These guys are taking an absolute beating," Zerillo said. "The state and the media have hung a flashing neon sign around their neck."

Prolman said he is still pursuing the action he filed last week. The damage has been done to two of his clients, he said, but his other clients -- and others who are accused -- could benefit.

He is demanding jury trials and discovery materials for Hill and his other client on the list of 21. "I'm going to put the state through hell like they put my clients through hell and see how they like it," he said.

The attorney for a key defendant in the case, Mark Strong Sr. of Thomaston, continued to criticize Kennebunk police, claiming they are singling him out for punishment.

Strong was arrested in July, while Wright and the first group of accused "johns" were not charged until this month.

Strong has pleaded not guilty to 59 misdemeanors including violation of privacy, promotion of prostitution and conspiracy to commit those crimes.

On Wednesday, Strong distributed a statement to the media through his attorney, Daniel Lilley, accusing police of retaliating against him because he investigated them on Wright's behalf.

The town fired back with a release that said Strong had portrayed the department and one of its officers in a false light.

Strong accused Audra Presby, the department's investigator on the case, of having an improper relationship with a superior officer. The town said she was reprimanded with a letter at the time and is now engaged to that officer, who resigned at the time of the incident.

Strong wrote in the statement that he had made some bad choices but had not broken any laws. Lilley told reporters Thursday that the case against Strong is "a witch hunt."

He clarified that Strong was not claiming in his statement to be the first to have discovered the improper relationship between Presby and the superior officer. Lilley said two other officers in the department had a questionable relationship. Kennebunk Town Attorney William Dale responded to Lilley's latest accusations, saying, "As the P.D. said in its news release yesterday, it's not going to engage in efforts to try this case in the media."

Staff Writer David Hench contributed to this report.

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