March 7, 2013

Sentencing date for Zumba convict pushed back

By Scott Dolan
Staff Writer

ALFRED — The sentencing date for Mark Strong Sr., who was convicted Wednesday on charges of promotion of prostitution and conspiracy, has been pushed back by two days at the request of his attorney.

Strong, 57, of Thomaston, is now scheduled to appear before Justice Nancy Mills in York County Superior Court on March 21 for sentencing.

A jury found Strong guilty after a 12-day trial of 12 counts of promotion of prostitution, each punishable by up to a year in prison, and a single count of conspiracy, punishable by up to six months in prison. The jury took just 4½ hours to come to its verdict.

Prosecutors said Strong and former fitness instructor Alexis Wright worked together to operate a one-woman prostitution business from Wright’s Zumba studio in Kennebunk. As a licensed private investigator, Strong vetted prostitution clients for Wright, ran their license plate numbers and watched her perform sex for money over a live video feed over the Internet.

Wright, 30, of Wells, is scheduled to stand trial in May on 106 counts, including promotion of prostitution, engaging in prostitution, violation of privacy, conspiracy, tax offenses and receiving welfare benefits when ineligible.


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