Zumba prostitute’s alleged business partner gets early release from jail

ALFRED — The Thomaston businessman accused of being the business partner of a Kennebunk Zumba instructor who has admitted to engaging in prostitution was released early from York County Jail.

A jail official confirmed that Mark Strong Sr. was released from jail on Friday, five days before the end of his 20-day sentence for conspiracy and promotion of prostitution. Strong’s 20-day sentence reportedly was reduced for good behavior.

Neither Strong nor his defense team, Portland attorneys Daniel Lilley and Tina Nadeau, could be reached for comment Friday evening.

Zumba instructor Alexis Wright pleaded guilty last month to 20 counts of prostitution.

In a plea agreement, prosecutors are recommending that Wright serve 10 months in jail.

Wright also pleaded guilty to tax evasion and theft charges, however, felony charges have been reduced to Class E misdemeanor crimes as part of the deal.

In addition to his jail sentence, 57-year-old Strong was ordered to pay $3,000 in fines as well as $80 per day of incarceration. He was convicted on 13 counts — 12 counts of promotion of prostitution and one count of conspiracy to commit the crime of promotion of prostitution.

Wright had been indicted on 106 charges ranging from prostitution to invasion of privacy to welfare fraud. The invasion of privacy charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement after the dismissal of those same charges against Strong in February.

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

He gets 15 days and she faces

He gets 15 days and she faces 10 month? How fair is that?

Steve  Dosh's picture

Zumba prostitute’s alleged business partner gets early release f

all sat night
Some guys have al the luck, huh ?
:) /s Steve

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Waste of Taxpayer Money

A whole bunch of taxpayers got screwed and didn't get the satisfaction of an Okinawan workout.

The money they spent on this case could've made a lot of folks happy, the users that is.

Genise Knowlton's picture

Wow!!!

A 20 day sentance and you get 5 days off for "good behavior".... Does anyone else think there is something wrong with this?

Eric  LeBlanc's picture

The jails are overcrowded.

The jails are overcrowded. Would you rather they release a violent inmate early?

Ed McCaffrey's picture

The real crime

was charging them with something to begin with. Talk about a waste of taxpayer money!!!

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