PORTLAND (AP) — There may be a plea deal in the works for the business partner of a Zumba dance instructor charged with running a prostitution business from her Kennebunk studio.
A lawyer for Mark Strong Sr. confirmed Wednesday that a conference with prosecutors is scheduled for Friday, where a settlement may be discussed.
The 57-year-old Strong is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday in York County Superior Court on 59 misdemeanor charges of conspiring with Zumba instructor Alexis Wright to run a prostitution business.
Strong's attorney, Daniel Lilley, told The Portland Press Herald his client wants a deal in which he gets a small fine but avoids jail.
Lilley said he's removing himself from the case because Strong can no longer afford to pay him.
Strong and Wright have pleaded not guilty.