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Zumba prostitution case in Maine: New details about john suspects released

Alexis Wright, 29, a Maine Zumba instructor accused of turning their Latin dance studio in into a brothel, is seen in this undated photo.
October 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
New details are surfacing about some of the men accused of paying a Zumba instructor for sex in a wealthy Maine resort town.

The first batch of men charged with being clients of 29-year-old fitness instructor Alexis Wright includes former South Portland Mayor James Soule. According to the Associated Press, Soule didn't return calls for a comment. The list also included a lawyer and a real estate appraiser.

After initial confusion caused by the release of names without ages or addresses, a judge on Tuesday granted a request for additional information about the first 21 names that were released. The men were issued summons for engaging in prostitution.

The complete list cites more than 150 male clients between the ages of 34 and 65. Police said they will release the names in batches every other week as the men are issued summons.

Wright is accused of turning her dance studio into a brothel and secretly videotaping her encounters. Police said she kept meticulous records suggesting the sex acts generated $150,000 over 18 months.

Wright has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts of prostitution and other charges. Her business partner, 57-year-old insurance agent and private investigator Mark Strong Sr., has pleaded not guilty to 59 misdemeanor charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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