Lawyer in Kennebunk prostitution case seeks to stop names release

Alexis S. Wright, 29, of Wells listens to her attorney, Sarah Churchill in Cumberland County Superior Court Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012 where she was arraigned on 106 criminal charges. Those include failure to pay taxes in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and engaging in prostitution, promotion of prostitution, violation of privacy with an inside device, conspiracy, unsworn falsification, evasion of income tax and felony theft.
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Alexis S. Wright, 29, of Wells listens to her attorney, Sarah Churchill in Cumberland County Superior Court Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012 where she was arraigned on 106 criminal charges. Those include failure to pay taxes in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and engaging in prostitution, promotion of prostitution, violation of privacy with an inside device, conspiracy, unsworn falsification, evasion of income tax and felony theft. Buy Photo
The Associated Press
Posted Oct. 11, 2012, at 8:33 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A lawyer for two alleged clients of a Maine woman accused of running a prostitution business out of her Zumba dance studio in Kennebunkport and secretly videotaped the encounters has filed a motion to block the release of names of the men suspected as her clients.

Stephen Schwartz told The Associated Press he filed the motion in court Thursday, a day before police were expected to possibly release the first batch of names.

Schwartz said the release of the names has a great potential to ruin people’s reputations, families and businesses and to prejudice any potential jury.

“All it does is appeal the most prurient interests of the public,” he told the AP.

Townspeople have said they’ve heard that lawyers, doctors, law enforcement officials, a television personality and other well-known people in town are included in a detailed clientele list police found.

Alexis Wright, 29, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 106 counts of prostitution, violation of privacy, tax evasion and other charges for allegedly providing sex for money at her fitness studio and a nearby office. The man police say was her business partner, 57-year-old Mark Strong Sr., pleaded not guilty to 59 counts of promotion of prostitution and violation of privacy.

The Portland Press Herald first reported the filing of the motion.

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/11/news/portland/lawyer-in-kennebunk-prostitution-case-seeks-to-stop-names-release/ printed on April 21, 2014