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Testimony to Start in Maine Prostitution Trial
02/21/2013 10:15 AM ET  

Testimony in the trial of 57-year-old Mark Strong Jr. is scheduled to start today.

ALFRED, Maine (AP) _ Prosecutors planned to call their first witnesses to testify in the trial of an insurance agent charged with helping a Zumba dance instructor run a prostitution business out of her Kennebunk studio.

Testimony in the trial of 57-year-old Mark Strong Jr. is scheduled to start Thursday. Opening statements were made Wednesday following a lengthy jury selection process.

Strong, of Thomaston, is standing trial on 13 counts dealing with promotion of prostitution.

Both he and the fitness instructor, Alexis Wright, have pleaded not guilty. Wright, who will be tried later, faces charges including engaging in prostitution.

Strong's lawyer said his client had an affair with the 30-year-old Wright and helped finance her Pura Vida dance-fitness studio, but knew nothing about prostitution.

Prosecutors allege that Strong knew what was going on.


 

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