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Police release middle initials of johns but still withhold ages, residences

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
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.
BDN staff reports

PORTLAND, Maine — Police on Tuesday released middle initials and suffixes of the first 21 names released in the Kennebunk prostitution case but still withheld ages and residences of those charged, and stated that additional names would not be released until the end of next week.

Lt. Anthony Bean Burpee of the Kennebunk Police Department issued a statement Tuesday that the department will release additional names only as part of its biweekly news releases, which list people who have been charged for all offenses.

The next release is due Oct. 26 and will include the names of people charged in the two weeks since the last release.

Burpee noted in a news release Tuesday that the department has added middle initials to the initial list of 21 names issued Monday. Also added Tuesday were whether the johns were juniors or seniors.

The BDN has decided not to republish the names until the identities of those charged is clear. Without residencies and ages, several of the names on the list may correspond to multiple men.

“In keeping with the Superior Court’s ruling, the Kennebunk Police Department has been directed to release only the names of certain persons issued summonses and to withhold addresses, to include hometowns and states of residency, as some may also be alleged victims of criminal invasion of privacy. While the Superior Court ruling does not address the issue of ages being released for those who have been issued summonses, doing so would contribute to the identification of alleged victims of criminal invasion of privacy,” the statement read.

“Police department has been given permission to release middle initials of those summoned,” according to the statement.

Each of the men have been charged with engaging a prostitute, a Class E misdemeanor.

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