Will Zumba instructor sell her steamy story?

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 3, 2013 at 2:51 am •  Published: April 3, 2013
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KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Zumba instructor and single mom moonlights as hooker.

From the start, the case against Alexis Wright read like the TV Guide synopsis for one of those steamy Lifetime made-for-television movies.

There was Wright, the raven-haired fitness instructor who taught Zumba to soccer moms in a picturesque New England town while leading a double life as a prostitute with a customer list that was said to include prominent people, all of whom were secretly videotaped in the act.

There was also the business partner who watched via Skype from 100 miles away. The pizza delivery guy who got an eyeful when Wright dropped her towel. And the tenants in Wright's building who got suspicious about all the moaning and groaning.

Whether her tale makes it to the small screen remains to be seen. Wright's lawyer isn't saying what her client intends to do. But there is nothing specifically in state law — and nothing in the plea bargain she reached with prosecutors — that prevents her from selling her story, whether in the form of an interview, a book or a script.

And there is little doubt it has a certain appeal.

"Small-town prostitution ring? There's something about that that smells of a made-for-TV movie," said Peter S. Fischer, one of the creators of the TV show "Murder, She Wrote," which starred Angela Lansbury as a mystery writer and sleuth in fictional Cabot Cove, Maine. "It's a highly melodramatic subject, and the juxtaposition of putting it in a small town, whether it's Illinois or Indiana or Wyoming, that's interesting."

Wright, 30, pleaded guilty to prostitution and other crimes Friday under an agreement that calls for 10 months in jail. She also must pay more than $57,000 in restitution and fines. Sentencing is set for May 31.

In Kennebunk, a seaside village of sea captains' mansions, beaches and 10,000 people, many are fed up with all the publicity from the scandal and relieved that the case is finally drawing to a close so that they can focus on more important matters, like the May Day Festival.

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