KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- On Friday, Kennebunk police are expected to release at least some of the names of the alleged johns in the town's prostitution scandal. Police say 29-year old Alexis Wright kept detailed records of her clients, as she ran a prostitution business out of her Kennebunk Zumba studio. She, and her alleged business partner, Mark Strong, pleaded not guilty to all of the charges in the case on Tuesday. Wright is facing 106 counts, including engaging in prostitution, tax evasion and theft by deception. Strong is facing 59 charges, including promotion of prostitution and violation of privacy.
In the meantime, "the list" has been the talk of the town for people who live and work in Kennebunk. The scandal is attracting national media attention, and while some people are having fun with it, others wish all this negative attention would just go away.
Ron Breton, who lives in Kennebunk, said, "I guess everybody's wondering, 'who's on the list?' is what I've heard. And the question I'm getting is, am I on the list? Of course, I'm not."
Karl Hooper said, "I think we're getting sick of it. Every time we turn around, there's a television camera. And actually, it's nobody's business."
There are cars with bumper stickers that say "I am not on the Kennebunk client list." Local businessman Mark Nedeau says he's not responsible for those, but he has made T-shirts that say, "I'm NOT on the client list. Are you?" He said a lot of people are buying the shirts, but he's also gotten a lot of negative feedback from people who feel terrible for the johns' wives and children.
Nedeau said, "I didn't make the shirts to make any money on them. I didn't make them to put the spouses and the children in a bad light. That was never my intention. It was a joke, it was primarily meant to be a joke." Nedeau said that any money he makes off the shirts will go towards a fuel assistance fund.