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Lead officer testifies in Kennebunk prostitution trial

5:54 PM, Mar 1, 2013   |    comments
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ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The state's key witness in the Kennebunk Zumba prostitution trial spent the entire day on the stand testifying Friday.

Mark Strong is on trial, charged with 12 counts of promotion of prostitution and one count of conspiracy. Officer Audra Presby of the Kennebunk Police Department was the lead investigator in the prostitution case. She said she called in the Maine State Police and other agencies to help because the complexity of the case was overwhelming for her.

The prosecution started questioning Officer Presby when the trial resumed today and by late morning it was the defense's turn to cross examine her.

The state claims Mark Strong managed a prostitution business allegedly run by Alexis Wright.

Officer Audra Presby testified she viewed about 120-hours of videos seized from Alexis Wright. She said those videos depicted Alexis Wright engaged in sex acts for money. She said it was her opinion the voice of an unidentified man Wright was speaking with before and after encounters with clients was that of Mark Strong. The state alleges strong watched Wright having sex with clients via a Skype internet feed and snapped photos during those sessions.

During cross examination Strong's attorney questioned why his client was the only person arrested during the investigation, while Alexis Wright was facing many more charges. Presby said Wright was indicted by a grand jury and ordered to appear in court.

Attorney Dan Lilley claims Presby retaliated against Strong because he was investigating her and other members of the Kennebunk Police Department for possible unprofessional conduct. Towards the end of the day he began to expand on that questioning Presby about notes seized from Mark Strong's property with her names and the names of other Kennebunk officers. He also questioned her about an affair she had with her supervisor that lead to his resignation.

Some of the so called Johns who have already pleaded guilty in connection with the case are expected to testify when the trial resumes Monday. The state is expected to wrap up its case early next week.

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