October 26, 2012

Suspect's image, arrest at odds in prostitution case

A respected Thomaston businessman and community leader fights charges linking him to a Kennebunk operation.

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Mark Strong Sr.

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Mark Strong Sr. is known as a shrewd businessman and civic leader in his hometown of Thomaston, where he still lives in this 1800s-era sea captain’s home in which he grew up. Townspeople were shocked when Strong was arrested in July on a charge of promoting prostitution.

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Wright's attorney declined to comment on her client's relationship with Strong, but she also said she has not seen all the evidence.

The court documents also allege that, in many of the videos seized, Wright can be seen on the telephone or chatting via Skype with Strong. Additionally, every video was sent electronically to Strong. The affidavit does not say why.

Police also confirmed that Strong, as a private investigator, had access to the InforME system, a database run by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and that he was using it to run license plate numbers of johns given to him by Wright.

Lilley has maintained that his client hired Strong as an investigator because local police were harassing her. Police have said they were investigating her activities.

The buzz about Strong in Thomaston has died down in the month or so since his arrest, O'Brien said, but people are still talking.

"I think people want the rest of the story," she said.

Leonard, the athletic director, said he's holding out hope the allegations are false. "I want to think the best of people," he said.

No matter what happens, Kruger said he thinks Strong missed an opportunity to reach out to his insurance customers.

"I'm disappointed that he hasn't sent a letter to us saying something about this," he said. "If nothing else, I'll probably look for another carrier."

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Peter Lammert, a town selectman who served on the board with Mark Strong Sr. in the late 1980s and ’90s, was surprised to learn of the charges against Strong. “The whole situation is such a wild thing there has to be more to it,” he said.

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