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Judge Declines to Toss 12 Counts in Zumba Trial
03/05/2013 11:24 AM ET  

The defense today argued in favor of a motion to toss 12 promotion-of-prostitution counts against Mark Strong Sr., but Justice Nancy Mills declined.

ALFRED, Maine (AP) _ A judge has declined to dismiss most of the remaining counts against a Maine man accused of helping a Zumba instructor run a prostitution business.

The defense on Tuesday argued in favor of a motion to toss 12 promotion-of-prostitution counts against Mark Strong, saying there are problems with the indictment. Strong also faces a 13th count, which is conspiracy to promote prostitution.

Prosecutors said the evidence was sufficient to support conviction on all counts.

Justice Nancy Mills said she was satisfied with the indictment and that the counts avoided duplication.

Strong is accused of helping Zumba instructor Alexis Wright use her Kennebunk fitness studio as a front for prostitution.

He acknowledged having an affair with Wright and helping her launch the studio but contends he never profited from her activities.


 

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