Penalty argued in Maine Zumba prostitution scandal

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm •  Published: March 20, 2013
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Strong's lawyers previously asked the judge to invalidate 12 of the 13 counts against their client, arguing that prosecutors never spelled out specifically how Strong's actions promoted prostitution and that the charges overlap.

If the judge dismisses the counts, Strong should not be sentenced to jail at all, his lawyers argue. If all 13 counts stand, he should be sentenced only to 14 days in jail, they say.

Strong's attorneys described him as community leader, husband and father who had no previous criminal record and poses no threat to society.

"Mark Strong is loved by his family and friends, who describe him as unfailingly generous, thoughtful, and extremely remorseful for how his poor personal decisions — and the resultant criminal charges and publicity — have negatively and perhaps irreparably impacted those closest to him," attorney Dan Lilley wrote.

The case has drawn wide attention because of the scale of the operation and the number of alleged clients — more than 150 of them. People who've seen the list say some of Wright's clients were prominent.

Wright, who now lives in Wells, faces 106 counts, including prostitution, privacy violations, tax offenses and welfare fraud.

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