Video shows Maine Zumba teacher got cash for sex

March 3rd, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

Associated Press

ALFRED, Maine (AP) – The jury in the trial of an insurance agent charged with promoting prostitution watched a 45-minute video Thursday showing a sexual encounter between a Zumba fitness instructor and a man who left cash on her massage table.

Jurors also viewed video chats indicating defendant Mark Strong Sr. was familiar with the sexual encounters featuring his mistress, Alexis Wright, in Kennebunk while he watched via Skype from his office 100 miles away in Thomaston.

Prosecutors have more than 150 videos but showed jurors only a single 45-minute recording that depicted Wright making chitchat with an older man who arrived and immediately began undressing. After their sexual encounter, she used disposable wipes to clean up, escorted the man to the door and then spoke to another man, believed to be Strong, at the other end of the Skype chat.

Police computer expert Frederick Williams told jurors the video was recovered from a device belonging to Wright and that Strong’s computer had 45 snapshots made from the same encounter.

Defense lawyer Daniel Lilley said the evidence showed his client was aware of paid sex, but he contended a crime was not committed because Strong neither recruited clients nor profited from the operation.

“Observing a person in a criminal act is not a criminal act itself,” Lilley told reporters Thursday, adding that Strong was embarrassed to have his wife in court to hear testimony of his affair.

Strong, 57, of Thomaston, faces 13 counts that relate to promoting prostitution. A judge previously

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