Deal possible in Maine Zumba prostitution case

Mark Strong Sr.
Joel Page

Mark Strong Sr., right, sits with his attorney Dan Lilley, left, during his arraignment Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Portland, Maine on 59 charges, including promotion of prostitution and violation of privacy in connection with a Kennebunk Zumba dance studio. Strong Jr. entered a plea of not guilty. (AP Photo/Joel Page)

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.

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AL PELLETIER's picture

This baffles me.

Since when does a defendant tell the court what is an acceptable punishment?
I've never heard of a drunk driver tell the judge, pulling my drivers license, paying a fine any larger then $10.00 and no jail time is what is acceptable". What say you judge?
These tactics are nothing but a smoke screen to stall due process. By saying what kind of punishment is "acceptable" he has admitted guilt and as such the judge should throw the book at him post haste.

AL PELLETIER's picture


That's, paying a fine NO larger then $10.00.


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