Defense lawyer seeks delay in Kennebunk prostitution case

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Attorney Daniel Lilley filed a motion Monday in York County Superior Court on behalf of Strong, a 57-year-old Thomaston resident who owns the Strong Insurance Agency in that town.

A clerk in the court confirmed the motion had been filed that morning. She said a telephone conference will be scheduled between the defense, prosecution and Justice Nancy Mills who is handling the case. Mills is in the middle of presiding at the murder trial of Joel Hayden in Cumberland County Superior Court.

No time for the telephone conference has been announced.

A phone message was left for Lilley Monday morning asking for the reasoning behind the motion for a continuance but no return call has yet been received.

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Strong’s trial was set to begin Jan. 22. He is charged with 59 counts that include promotion of prostitution and invasion of privacy.

Strong is accused of conspiring with Alexis Wright, 29, to run a prostitution business out of her Kennebunk fitness studio. Both Strong and Wright have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Strong and Wright will be tried separately in the sprawling case, which has also included charges against more than 60 individuals accused of paying for sex at the studio. But the two are tied together in a lawsuit by the building’s landlord, who said Strong and Wright — both allegedly listed as tenants of the studio space — owe rent and property taxes.

Strong was arrested July 11 but has been free on bail since that day.

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