No plea deal for Kennebunk prostitution case defendant
Alexis Wright, now in jail, is on the witness list as the first case of one of her alleged 'johns' goes to trial.
Alexis Wright's lawyer will argue Friday that she believed she was working as a secret operative for Mark Strong Sr.
They also reveal how integral Mark Strong Sr. was to Alexis Wright's Kennebunk operation.
They will be making 'a final charging decision by summer 2013,' according to a news release.
The accused Kennebunk prostitute reaches a deal that will allow her to avoid trial and any felonies.
The case against the key figure in the Kennebunk prostitution scandal could be resolved by the end of today.
Lawyers for Mark Strong Sr. says prosecutors never spelled out specifically how Strong's actions promoted prostitution.
When it's all said and done, the people who say the least are the ones whose opinions matter most.
Wednesday's verdict could lead to plea discussions for the alleged Kennebunk prostitute.
The Thomaston businessman says he's not surprised by the verdict, which ends a trial that has captured international attention.
But the prosecution's closing argument depicts Mark Strong Sr. as a shrewd man who helped run an illegal business.
In a surprise move, the state wraps up its testimony without calling any convicted "johns" to the witness stand.
A leading detective even considered early on that corrupt police might be involved in a conspiracy.
The lead prosecutor says she intends to call only eight more witnesses in the prostitution case.
Meanwhile, a Kennebunk police officer testifies Mark Strong is the man speaking to Alexis Wright in videos of her trading sex for money.
While trials for prostitution are rare in Maine, prosecutorial strategies that involve so many graphic videos and photos are even rarer.
Prosecutors show evidence suggesting that Mark Strong watched Alexis Wright have paid sex with her clients.
The video shows the alleged prostitute putting on a strip tease for men outside her studio window.
Meanwhile, the judge and lawyers review pornographic videos to determine which ones should be allowed into evidence.
The prosecution says the photos are proof of prostitution, but Mark Strong's lawyers say they are too 'prejudicial' to show in court.
Mark Strong Sr.'s attorney files a motion for records of all police officers who are scheduled to testify.
Mark Strong's lawyers say the hard drive is key to his defense.
Meanwhile, Alexis Wright's landlord testifies that tenants complained about "moaning and groaning" and he found video-recording apparatus in her studio.
During opening statements of the Kennebunk prostitution trial, Strong's lawyer says his client fell in love with Alexis Wright and tried to help her, but was not her "pimp," as police allege.
Meanwhile, jury selection will resume Wednesday in the high-profile case after nearly a month's delay.
The state's high court agrees to throw out invasion-of-privacy charges against Mark Strong Sr. for allegedly taping sexual encounters involving prostitution clients.
Prosecutors are seeking to restore 46 invasion-of-privacy counts against Mark Strong Sr., 57.
Maine's highest court is urged to reinstate 46 invasion-of-privacy charges against Mark Strong Sr. in the prostitution case.
Prosecutors want 46 invasion-of-privacy counts reinstated against Mark Strong for videotapes of alleged prostitution clients, but Wright's lawyer says the clients had no expectation of privacy.
And in a 'bittersweet' ruling, Daniel Lilley loses his bid to withdraw as Mark Strong's defense attorney. The trial starts Tuesday.
18 men who pleaded guilty make Kennebunk prostitution witness list
The lead prosecutor in the case, York County Deputy District Attorney Justina McGettigan, filed a revised witness list just days before the scheduled trial of Mark Strong Sr.
Two sides to discuss plea in Kennebunk prostitution case
Mark Strong, a local businessman who is accused of co-running a prostitution business with a Zumba instructor, wants a deal with no jail time.
Lawyer asks for more time in Kennebunk prostitution case
Daniel Lilley, attorney for Mark Strong, filed a motion in York County Superior Court to delay his client’s trial, which had been scheduled to begin next week.
Motions rejected in Kennebunk prostitution case
The trial of Mark Strong Sr., a key defendant in the Kennebunk investigation, is now set for Jan. 22.
One 'jane' joins accused 'johns' on Kennebunk prostitution list
Kennebunk police charge a Shapleigh woman – as well as her husband – with engaging a prostitute.
2 men guilty, third doesn't show in Kennebunk prostitution case
Judge Andre Janelle called the name of Derek M. Chapman, one of 18 alleged clients of Alexis Wright who were summoned to Biddeford District Court on Wednesday, but Chapman was not in court.
Wright's son to live with dad until prostitution case resolved
Dana Prescott, the attorney for Benjamin Hopkins, said the couple agreed that the child will live with Hopkins until the criminal case against Wright is resolved.
Judge affirms separate trials for key figures in Zumba case
Mark Strong's attorney also makes a motion to have key evidence thrown out and the case dismissed, which the judge will rule on later.
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.
Two more suspects identified in Kennebunk prostitution case
At least 64 men have now been charged in the case.
Three found guilty in Kennebunk prostitution case
A judge fines the men $600 to $1,000 each in a case that has gained international attention.
Accused Kennebunk 'johns' to appear in court Wednesday
Just three of the 21 men who were summonsed for arraignment are expected to attend.
Evidence files given to Zumba teacher's lawyer
Kennebunk police also release the names of four more of Alexis Wright's alleged clients in the high-profile prostitution case.
Judge to keep Kennebunk prostitution affidavits sealed
The documents, used to request search warrants, are usually made public after the indictments, but haven't been in this case.
Kennebunk list includes many in construction
Yet there is no obvious link among alleged clients in the prostitution case other than the charge against them.
Four men fined in Kennebunk prostitution case
The men plead guilty before receiving a criminal complaint and pay fees and fines ranging up to $970.
Four men plead guilty in Kennebunk prostitution case
Meanwhile, Justice Nancy Mills agrees Alexis Wright and Mark Strong Sr. should not be tried together.
Lawyers want separate trials in Zumba case
Daniel Lilley, Mark Strong's attorney, says his client should be tried separately from Alexis Wright, who faces more serious charges.
Kennebunk police release 15 more names in prostitution case
Meanwhile, a local TV weatherman goes public to say his name won't be appearing on any upcoming list.
Prostitution case invites legal scrutiny
Some observers question the deliberate pace in the prosecution of the Kennebunk case, but experts say it may be an effort to keep it from ‘spinning out of control.
Complaint: Kennebunk Zumba instructor posed nude with son
A custody complaint filed by the boy's father claims the child was living in an “extremely dangerous situation” with Alexis Wright.
Court papers in Zumba case describe confiscated items
Investigators initially were looking for information in relation to Alexis Wright's website, documents show.
Kennebunk police charge 18 more alleged 'johns' in prostitution case
Unlike the first list of 21 court summonses, this list has no immediately recognizable names.
Sex scandal clashes with image of small-town Maine
For most Kennebunk residents, the biggest news of the fall was expected to be the completion of a beautification project on Main Street.
What the real Zumba is all about
Instructors cope with the fallout from the scandal.
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.
Hockey coach named on Kennebunk 'john' list resigns
Donald F. Hill, 52, leaves varsity hockey at Kennebunk High School, and a key
defendant claims police charges are retaliation.
Prominent name on alleged 'johns' list: Ex-South Portland Mayor Soule
The attorney for Soule says the charge is being blown out of proportion.
List of 21 men charged by Kennebunk police in prostitution case
All of those named are accused of engaging a prostitute, a Class E offense punishable
by a $200 fine.
Kennebunk police again release names - this time with middle initials
Some media outlets, including the Portland Press Herald, have not published the names because the men's identities could not be verified.
Judge reverses decision on information on alleged 'johns'
Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren ruled that the addresses of individuals charged as suspected prostitution clients can be released.
Experts weigh in on publishing 'the list'
Editors seek guidelines about printing names of 'johns' in the Kennebunk prostitution case.
Release of 'the list' on hold for now
Authorities will not make public alleged prostitution client names before the state's highest court has ruled.
In Kennebunk, townspeople brace for release of 'the list'
Ann Whetstone, who owns Mainely Murders Bookstore in town, said there has
been a lot of fuss over something that's 'not that serious a crime.'
Court asked to halt release of alleged 'johns' in Kennebunk prostitution case
A lawyer seeks a preliminary court injunction blocking the release of names of alleged prostitution clients of Zumba instructor Alexis Wright.
Child porn assertion has suspect crying foul
Mark Strong's attorney says prosecutors ought to be sanctioned if they can't back up comments made in a prostitution case.
2 charged in Kennebunk prostitution case plead not guilty
Alexis Wright of Wells and Mark Strong Sr. of Thomaston entered their pleas in a Portland courtroom today.
Theft charges carry harshest penalties in Kennebunk prostitution case
Alexis Wright is accused of not reporting $150,000 income and wrongfully collecting welfare and food stamps over a several-year period.
Suspect in Kennebunk prostitution case seeks dismissal
Mark Strong's lawyer is again asking a judge to dismiss the original promotion-of-prostitution charge.
Kennebunk residents ready to see 'the list,' then turn the page
An alleged prostitution operation involving prominent people has townspeople curious, but a little weary, too.
Police set to charge alleged clients in Kennebunk prostitution case
Summonses are being prepared for more than 150 people, including prominent figures.
Agent, instructor face 165 charges in prostitution case
The indictments against Mark Strong Sr. of Thomaston and Alexis Wright of Wells were made public by the York County District Attorney's Office.
Newspapers fight gag order in Kennebunk prostitution case
Prosecutors have asked for a ban on any dissemination of information in the case, but two newspapers argue a lack of transparency hurts public confidence in the system.
Clients on alleged Kennebunk prostitution list likely to be charged
Observers have speculated that the case - which apparently involves well over 100 alleged 'johns' - will go to a grand jury next month.
Judge in Kennebunk prostitution case recuses herself
Justice Joyce Wheeler's decision comes a week after she had declined to recuse herself, although it's not clear why she changed her mind.
New judge assigned to Kennebunk prostitution case
Superior Court Chief Justice Thomas Humphrey on Monday assigned Justice Nancy Mills to the high-profile case.
Judge refuses to dismiss Kennebunk prostitution case
Attorney Daniel Lilley argued that the case should be dismissed because prosecutors have not followed the rules of discovery.
Defense asks for new judge in Kennebunk prostitution case
Lawyer Daniel Lilley is asking Justice Joyce Wheeler to recuse herself because of possible bias or the appearance of bias.
Portland judge assigned to Kennebunk prostitution case
There was a concern that judges in York County might have to recuse themselves if they knew any witnesses, the court says.
Suspicions loomed over dance instructor’s Kennebunk operation
Alexis Wright, who started teaching Zumba in Kennebunk in 2009, finds herself at the center of a prostitution investigation.
Suspect's image, arrest at odds in prostitution case
A respected Thomaston businessman and community leader fights charges linking him to a Kennebunk operation.
Lawyer to argue for dismissal of Kennebunk prostitution case
The lawyer for Mark Strong Sr. says prosecutors haven't provided him with documents and other evidence as required under the rules of discovery.
Lilley: Evidence not provided in Kennebunk prostitution case
Lawyer contends documents and other evidence the prosecution has should
have been provided to him by Aug. 10.
Alleged johns may be called in Kennebunk prostitution case
The lawyer for the man facing trial threatens to subpoena everyone involved in the case.
Attorney says suspect in prostitution case was hired to investigate
Mark Strong was in investigating allegations that police were harassing dance instructor Alexis Wright.
Too-busy dance studio led to suspicion of prostitution
Neighboring tenants of an office site in Kennebunk noted it was frequented by men for short stays.
Maine insurance agent charged with promoting prostitution
Mark Strong, who owns The Strong Agency on Main Street in Thomaston, was taken into custody by state police.