Judge refuses to dismiss prostitution charge

5:27 PM, Sep 14, 2012   |    comments
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ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The case against a Thomaston businessman charged in a prostitution bust in Kennebunk will move forward.

Today a judge refused to dismiss a charge of promotion of prostitution against Mark Strong. He has been the only person charged so far as a result of the bust at the home and studio of Zumba instructor Alexis Wright earlier this year.

Strong's attorney questioned why his client was being singled out when investigators apparently have evidence against others in the case.

"They've charged only my client with promotion of prostitution with no prostitute and no johns as they call it or those that pay prostitutes for sex, an unusual situation to be sure", said Defense Attorney Dan Lilley.

Lilley says Strong provided Wright with a loan but that's about all he knows because the prosecution has not turned over information about the evidence it has against Strong, something it was supposed to do weeks ago. The judge ordered the state to begin turning the information over to the defense as quickly as possible.














































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