PORTLAND, Maine — The attorney for one of the two people accused by the state of operating a prostitution business in Kennebunk said the names of the so-called clients should be released.
“Let the chips fall where they may,” attorney Daniel Lilley of Portland said Monday.
Lilley represents Mark W. Strong Sr., 57, of Thomaston, who has been indicted for 59 counts that include promotion of prostitution, invasion of privacy, and conspiracy.
“They’ve crucified Mark Strong. They’ve tried him in the media. We should have a fair playing field,” Lilley said.
Lilley said if Strong’s case goes to trial, he will certainly call the alleged clients of Alexis Wright to testify. Wright ran a Zumba dance studio in Kennebunk where police and prosecutors say she operated a prostitution business and videotaped clients having sex with her without their knowledge. She also was indicted earlier this month on 106 counts, including charges of engaging in prostitution, violation of privacy and failure to pay taxes.
A lawyer representing two of the accused clients — referred to in court documents as John Doe No. 1 and John Doe No. 2 — has asked the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to prevent the public release of the names of people who have been issued summonses accusing them of paying for sex.
The Kennebunk Police Department said it will not release the names until the legal appeals have been completed.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court hasn’t said when a ruling will be made.
Lilley said he wants a speedy trial for Strong and does not want to wait until the state serves all the clients and provides each of them with the evidence they have collected.
“I feel confident there is insufficient evidence,” Lilley said of the state’s case against Strong. He said his client wants his day in court and then to rebuild his life and business.
Strong was arrested in July on a single count of promotion of prostitution.
A telephone call was also left Monday morning with Wright’s attorney, Sarah Churchill, for comment on the issue of the release of the names of clients.