Court Upholds Dismissals in Zumba Prostitution Case

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine's highest court has rejected a motion to reinstate 46 invasion of privacy counts against a man charged with helping a Zumba fitness instructor run a prostitution business in the seaside town of Kennebunk.

In its unanimous decision, the Supreme Judicial Court on Friday agreed with the trial judge's ruling that prostitution clients don't have the same privacy rights as innocent people in dressing rooms under a state law.

Mark Strong Sr. was accused of viewing sex videos featuring unsuspecting prostitution clients. He still faces 13 other counts dealing with promotion of prostitution.

The court was working on an expedited schedule because jury selection in Strong's trial has been on hold in York County. Strong and fitness instructor Alexis Wright have both pleaded not guilty. She'll be tried later.


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