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UPDATE: Testimony Starts in Maine Prostitution Trial
02/21/2013 10:39 AM ET  

Prosecutors have begun calling witnesses in the trial of an insurance agent charged with helping a Zumba dance instructor run a prostitution business out of her Kennebunk studio.

ALFRED, Maine (AP) _ Testimony in the trial of 57-year-old Mark Strong Sr. began Thursday about the lease and permits for the dance studio and office where prosecutors said prostitution took place.

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.


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