Zumba scandal: Will 'clients' in prostitution case be revealed? (+video)
Zumba scandal: Alexis Wright, a fitness instructor has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts of prostitution, invasion of privacy, and tax evasion. Police planned to release the names of suspected clients in the so-called Zumba scandal on Friday.
A lawyer isn't giving up on trying to stop the release of names of men accused of giving business to a fitness instructor charged with running a prostitution operation out of her Zumba studio in Kennebunk, Maine.
A state judge declined to stop the release of names but a lawyer was filing an appeal Friday.
Kennebunk Police Lt. Anthony Burpee said law enforcement officials were awaiting word from the courts.
Alexis Wright has pleaded not guilty to prostitution, invasion of privacy, and other charges for allegedly accepting money for sex and secretly videotaping her encounters. Her business partner also has pleaded not guilty.
Kennebunk police have been issuing summonses to Wright's johns and originally planned to release the first names of suspected clients on Friday.
Lawyer Stephen Schwartz is appealing and is also asking permission to take the case to superior court.
Alexis Wright, a 29-year-old fitness instructor from Wells, Maine, has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts of prostitution, invasion of privacy, tax evasion and other charges for allegedly accepting money for sex and secretly videotaping her encounters. Her business partner, Mark Strong Sr., a 57-year-old insurance agent and private investigator from Thomaston, Maine, has pleaded not guilty to 59 misdemeanor charges for his alleged role.
Searches of Wright's studio and office turned up video recordings of sexual acts, billing information, and meticulous records about clients, according to court documents.
Based on that information, Kennebunk police have begun issuing summonses to Wright's johns on misdemeanor charges of engaging a prostitute. The first names were to be released Friday in police activity reports that are made public every other week, said Burpee.