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KENNEBUNK, Maine — Three police detectives are working full time going through the evidence seized in the investigation of an alleged prostitution business, with the probe expected to continue for a few more months. Lt. Anthony Bean Burpee of the Kennebunk Police Department said he does… Read More
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  • Anonymous

    Sweet double meaning title,BDN!!!Tying up 3 detectives? Did that cost 3 times as much,i wonder?

    • Anonymous

      AND probing them!

      • eyevabigun

        OOOH, that is an effective use of our tax$ (unless it’s little green men doing the probe. Admission would be a revenue generator).

    • Anonymous

      H,mmm keeping 3 detectives busy for months for a victimless crime. The BDN devoting yards of newspaper coverage instead of an investigation into methedone clinic/ methedone abuse. Gas prices double what they were under Bush and his “oil buddies” . Well I’m sure they have a Lepage hit piece lined up for the very near future.

      • Tom Brown III

         yes kennebunk prostitution ring is probably lepage’s fault haha!

        • Anonymous

           Absolutely! LePage was the one who said Maine needed to be “open for business”.  She was just doing her part to boost the economy. . .

  • Anonymous

    What a waste of time y’all

  • Anonymous

    Complete waste of taxpayers money. Go find some hate crime criminals. Do something useful with our taxpayer dollars. 

  • Anonymous

    She planned on extorting money from these people that is why she kept such meticulous records.

    • Anonymous

       or, collected videos for someone else to use?

      • Anonymous

        I think Strong fits into that scheme somehow.  I am curious, was he her pimp?

  • Sam Cole

    Yeah! They’ve got more important things to do, like finding out who stole Lebowski’s car!

    • Anonymous

      LOL!!!!

      Yes
      That was genius

  • Anonymous

    The only victim in these “crimes” is the tax payer.

    • Anonymous

      If the taxpayers have any brains, they’ll cut at least 3 full-time positions from next year’s police budget, because obviously they are overstaffed if they have time for nonsense like this. 

      • Anonymous

        sounds to me your all on the list. talking about tax payers money, i am glad something is being done now before it’s too late……find them guilty and fine the hell out of them so atleast the state can get it’s money back. and just their names will be punishment for them……EMBARRASING……  ha-ha-ha-ha  you finally got caught! you all thought you were all invinceable.   i wear the…S… not you.    

  • Anonymous

    150-200 people on the “List”  21 have been released…What gives?  Why are so few released and why is it going to take so long for the next group to be released?  Are we giving these guys time to move our of town or what?   So much for speedy trials and such.  I dont want the VIP’s to have all this time to find a way to get their names off the LIST

    • Anonymous

      Rest assured that those with connections will get off without charges.  It’s the Maine way.  In Bangor you can get away with murder of you’re connected to the government elite.

    • Anonymous

      somebody is waiting for a pay off,we will do the list slowly it will bring in more money.

    • Anonymous

      Logic says that each name is being matched and verified with videos (perhaps)  and other evidence…..I mean, think about it….It would be sheer GENIUS for (purposed) extortion purposes if 99.9 %  of the listed names were truthful,  but 2-3 names were.. (??)..I could see, depending on the high profile of the  names, how that could be very lucrative in terms of (extortion) ….I pity these 2 defendants if their purpose was to (squeeze)  a high-ranking official  ( or an employee thereof ) for shush cash …

  • Anonymous

    They are saying on National News tonight that there are a ton of tapes online that she has already put out there..so i wonder what additional charges she and these guys will face then?  Should be interesting.

    • Anonymous

       post a link, I wanna watch and handfire it

  • Anonymous

    These low life criminals need to pay for their crimes. filthly sweaty sex hogs who’s poor wives don’t even know their husbands/wives cheated on them… The raw sex that these people had shows little respect for their so called loved ones.. my wife would cut off my special parts while I was asleep if I did this. 

    • Anonymous

      what about putting out a list of adulter’s?  Maybe your husband would be on that list?

      What'[s the difference really?

      • Anonymous

        OK, he just stated ‘his wife’.  He’s a husband to a woman, hence he probably wouldn’t have a husband on the list.

    • Anonymous

      Ok Mr Bobit

    • Who said that everyone on the list was a married man? I am sure there are some weirdos in there too that arent married. Or I have missed something in this story that said that? Could be wrong

    • Tom Brown III

       yes because every person who has consensual sex is a dirty filthy sex hog. Adultery isn’t a crime. It is not the duty of the state to regulate and control peoples personal relationships.

      • Anonymous

        Not illegal, per se, but definately grounds for divorce.  If a person causes divorce due to cheating, and now the spouse (wife) who has never worked can only find a min-wage job and has small children they can’t afford to care for on their own who now require state assistance–then yes, it IS a crime!

        • Anonymous

          no brainer for the divorce lawyers, they will have all the dirt on video’s

        • Anonymous

           Oh, good grief!  “What ifs…” do not constitute a crime!

    • Anonymous

       Push,  does your passionate prose perhaps publicize a personal and prurient voyeuristic proclivity?

    • Anonymous

       I love how you keep posting this same drivel…as if you know each john personally and have insight into their personal/family lives.

      I’m betting that most people who were whining to have the names come out faster…are now using that to pass judgement because their lives are so great and the people who bought sex must be hopeless disgusting people who did it solely to hurt their loved-ones and contract HIV.

      Why don’t you just shut the —- up and mind your own business? Nobody gives a crap what you do in your personal life…feel free to not give a crap about what other people do.

      Such a nosey friggen society.  Turn on the TV during the day and you’ll likely find some horror/gore movie running…showing someone being ripped apart or their eyeballs being pulled out of their head.  BUT god-forbid anything REMOTELY sexual is on TV before 11pm.

      Talk about a bunch of hypocrites.  Such simple people…to be so overly concerned what total strangers do behind closed doors.

      • Anonymous

        ha-ha-ha-ha-ha……. are you for REAL? television is not real OK.

  • If Strong and Wright are convicted, maybe Kennebunk can go after them to recoup some of the costs associated with their activities.

  • Anonymous

    Thank goodness!  I’ll sleep better tonight knowing that thousands of taxpayer dollars are being spent investigating sexual relations between consenting adults! I’m certain those three detectives are working their fingers to the bone getting to the bottom of this case!  I just hope that while I rest easy, the crazies on bath salts that keep trying to break into my vehicles at night don’t wake me up. 

    • Anonymous

      Ok Mr Bobit

    • RJ

      Probably multiple viewings of the tapes is requiring more man hours…
      This entire case, especially the carping about the names (law of unintended consequences & the collateral damage fall out) is proof positive about the voyeuristic nature of so many…

    • Anonymous

      I knew the headline would prompt comments like this.  Support prostitution or not, the PD is doing their job.  They don’t get to choose the jobs they feel are worthy enough or not.  At least you can’t complain they aren’t doing anything….geez.

    • Anonymous

      there investergators not police, theres a big difference. so, call a cop, and rest easy.

      • Anonymous

         And, they should be investigating real crimes …

  • Anonymous

    I can’t understand why a community would waste resources, with all of the crime, drugs, and other
    important issues that L.E. could be doing. A terrible waste of tax dollars .

    • Anonymous

      You want to believe, this is the case the are volunteering for.

      • Anonymous

        I do not see anything in my statement with regards to the particular officers that are working on the case, my statement was a general consensus that there are more important cases of crime to be investagated.

        • Anonymous

          I agree. ‘You want to believe” is a Maine saying.

  • jerrymyx

    (QUOTE)        If satisfied that the crime demonstrates unfitness to practice law  ….haha…….weren”t lawyers that way before they  committed   sex crimes…..

  • Anonymous

    Nothing to see here, citizen.  Move along . . .

    • Tom Brown III

       barb brady!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the turnpike commision should take some of the profits from all the toll money collected at the Kbunk exit from these johns and apply it to the turnpike toll hike  :)

  • Anonymous

    Rogers also pointed out that the Maine rules of professional conduct state that a lawyer could be disciplined for misconduct for committing “a criminal or unlawful act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.”

    I think the “fitness” part of it is just peachy :)

  • Anonymous

    Is anyone else outraged by this waste? Please, put my tax dollars toward educating children, heating people’s homes, and otherwise shoring up the failing infrastructure of this state – not hunting down a handful of men who engaged in paid sex. This is nothing more than a modern day witchhunt, with a big price tag that the common people have to pay. 

    • Conley Raye

      Protecting the innocent, is what its all about. If you were a resident of the area, you may want to know if your husband or boyfriend could be bringing you home, a death sentence.

  • Anonymous

    By the sounds of the headline I was thinking that Kennebunk was short on manpower, and real criminals were running the street, puting the public in true danger.

  • Anonymous

    Waste of time.  Who’s the victim??? 

    • Anonymous

       It’s the same victim all the time:   Ed and Ethel Taxpayer.

  • pavel

    It doesn’t take too much for my wife an me to stay faithful.  Just mutual respect and an occasional game of hide the salami.

    • Tom Brown III

       very appropriate and relevant comment.

    • Anonymous

      LOL  I like that!  People shouldn’t be married if they can’t carry on that simple philosophy!

  • Anonymous

    What a bunch of foolishness….Jesus said to the woman at the well…Go and sin no more……..Let’s just forget about it…Isn’t any of our business..

  • Anonymous

    As Brent Musberger would say “let’s go to the video tape”

  • Anonymous

    AS Brent Musburger used to say , “let’s go to the videotape”

  • Anonymous

    Legalize it

    • Anonymous

       License the sex-worker for an annual fee, tax the income they make,  and tack on a “user fee” for each customer.  Deficit reduced instead of tax dollars wasted.

  • Anonymous

    Sweeping crime under the rug and making different rules for different classes of people is how Maine got into this predicament. Time for the laws to be applied justly for ALL.

    • Anonymous

      That’ll be the day.

  • Anonymous

    So what…   how bout finding out who killed ayla reynolds not who got their rocks off…….   just a thought     lets spend money wisely     WTF

    • Anonymous

      It’s Kennebunk, not Waterville.

      • Anonymous

        And so you know for sure Kennebunk  can be RULED OUT in the Reynolds case ??     Best call THAT lead in to the coppers….they could use your help……

    • Anonymous

      Oh please.  Let us all know how many police hours have gone into the Ayla Reynold’s case when you know those facts.  

  • Anonymous

    You have a lot of Big Shot, White, Old Men, so called movers in the Community providing financial support to Prostitution. Maine’s 1 % ers.  Yet they go to church and preach how bad prostitution is for the Community. Hypocrites. Bet they are searching right now for their Next Call Girl.

    • Anonymous

      Just so you know…..church is for the SINNERS…..please slow down and reboot…..and YOU calling people out as hypocritical as if you were perfect and without faults of your own….why do I find it so hard to believe that you have not been inside the churches to (witness) the “preaching” which you refer to ?   And , those (documents)  which you are privy to, exposing (their) financial support of prostitution ?  

  • Anonymous

     I wonder how business is at the pizzeria?   I hope they sanitized the place.
    I am sure her business was not up to any standard nor JCAHO accredited.

    • Anonymous

       The pizzaria could probably rename some of  its pies and sandwiches to play on the unique history of the location:  The B/D Sub,  the 69 pie, etc.  New motto  for the restaurant “Always hot . . . ”  LOL

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Nice waste of tax dollars. Running a bunch of misdemeanors into the ground. Good police work KPD. This should take some of the heat off of the felons for a while. 

    • Anonymous

      Lets go rob a bank while their busy with the important stuff.

  • Anonymous

    She has a service to offer, he has a need for this service, they are both adults and no one else is involved or hurt. Another example of our government imposing it’s ” moral values ” on people when it is none of their buisness. There is enough real crime out there for our police and courts to address rather than wasting their time on on something that is turning into a “reality show”.

    • Anonymous

      No one hurt?  No pis*ed off wives, no divorce leading to broken families, kids without fathers home, wasted family money spent on sex…huh?  Women are no longer forced to sit back while their husbands galavant around.  The husband should just be able to satisfy their so-called primal urges with the excuse that ‘men have needs’ while their wives pretend not to notice but are home waiting for Mr. Wonderful to breeze through the door acting like nothing’s going on?  You still living inthe 50s?

      • 21 of the 150-200 names have been released. Who is to say there aren’t any women on the list?  Who is to say that some of the men weren’t getting payback for their wives cheating on them? And of course there is no flip side to your argument. If the wife turns off the spigot, the old dog will get water somewhere else. LOL ok I admit it, that last part was just to start an argument.

        • Anonymous

          I hear what you’re saying!  But come on, what percentage of men to women will be on that list?  I’d put money down that there are less than 10, if not 5, women on that list.  And there are many reasons to stray, but none of them are excuseable, in my opinion.  You don’t want to stay committed to one person, don’t get married.  You’re so bitter that your spouse cheated that you have to go cheat yourself?  Well there’s an issue there.  Two wrongs don’t make a right and maybe there’s more of an issue in the relationship.  And your last comment made me giggle!

      • Anonymous

         And, that’s the responsibility of the state? NO!  It is the responsibility of the prostitutes, the johns, the pimps and others who sucked off this teat of promiscuity!  The state should not be in the business of “solving” victimless crimes — and whatever happens to the families is the responsibility of the johns, not the state!  Legalize prostitution, tax it heavily and regulate it, with all the licensing fees and such.  Whatever happens to your pi*sed off wives and divorces is NOT the concern of the state or our taxpayer dollars!  I lived through the 50s, wouldn’t do it again for anything.

  • Anonymous

    we’ll have to buy visine for them so they can review the tapes real closely.

  • Anonymous

    Good Gravy,like putting all these people in jail or humiliating them will stop  this kind of goings on.Like trying to stamp out marijuana,jail one and 3 more will take their place.Think this does not go on in your territory, check the personal ads in any local newspaper and you’ll see the business is alive and well.It’s o.k. to be a professional football player and sell your body for the sake of  a buck,but let a woman do it and they want to put her in jail. C’mon, wake up and smell the roses

    • Anonymous

      Drug users are desperate, sick people who really don’t care about being publically identified as long as they get their next fix.  A married person who spends a lot of time and effort to hide and sneak around to visit a prostitute has more to lose if found out.

      Lame attempt at an analogy comparing a football player to a prostitute.

  • Anonymous

    In some respects, the actions of law enforcement and the DA’s office isn’t much difference than Mr Strong’s business plan – how to blackmail these poor saps and get more money out of them.  I think you’ll find that Mr Strong reminded these gentlemen that their past “performances” had been captured on video, as he encouraged them to keep up their Zumba sessions.  The State has that same focus on money.  Let’s charge as many of these gentlemen as possible so we can get the fine and court cost money.  As a matter of fact, the State is using the same tactics, reminding the johns that we have the videotape, so you better pay what we’re asking.  I’ll bet you’ll find that these gentlemen will be paying close to the maximum fine for a Class E crime.  Who’s running the real criminal enterprise here?  

  • From the letters to the editor:

    “She has a service to offer, he has a need for this service, they are both adults and no one else is involved or hurt. Another example of our government imposing it’s ‘ moral values ‘ on people when it is none of their buisness.”

    Is this another example of the government being blamed for something that could be laid at the feet of extreme right-wing Christians?  Would these people howl and vote against any political candidate who promised to legalize prostitution?

    The humble Farmer

  • Anonymous

    Why are people complaining about the police enforcing the  law?  It might seem like an unjust law or a law that should be changed but it is still the law, so what are they suppose to do ignore the fact that it happened.  I don’t care one way or the other but she broke the law and so did anyone that engaged her services.  Its not pick and choose.

    • Anonymous

      It’s called prioritization. Next time your car gets broken into, try calling the police and see if the assign a full-time officer to the case until it is solved. You will quickly encounter the phrase “we don’t have the resources”, which is exactly what they should have said here instead of bringing people in on overtime. 

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I’m sure they will hold off on responding to the assault and robbery calls because they’re all wrapped up in the ‘evidence review’ in the back room of the PD.  Come on.

    • Anonymous

      I disagree…it certainly IS  ( pick and choose )  in my humble opinion…It is clear to the public which cases have the full force of police dept. energy  and which do not……I am patiently awaiting headlines stating that  ( district attorney )  has decided to formally charge  Lewiston peace officer,   (illegal assist , illegal search and seizure , violation of 4th amendment )  plus, Justin DiPietro (principle)  and Phoebe DiPietro ( co-principle, and driver of get-a-way vehicle)  with regards to the  custodial INTERFERENCE  (with no family court mandate , zero paperwork signed by any Maine judicial )   on 17 October 2011 , in Lewiston at 257 Sabbatus St…and, in reply to the contributor (above) who stated  ” this is Kennebunk , not Waterville”  ……are you saying that you can positively rule out that Ayla’s disappearance has ZERO to do with any Maine city ?

  • Conley Raye

    Let’s look at the big picture. If the fines are heavy enough, the taxpayer could get paid back and then some. Strong is a P.I and had a loaded van with spy equipment that could be sold off if the prosecutor sought a turn over order. It is up to the people to turn to the judge and prosecutor and force the issue, of payback…..Unfortunately it does cost money to enforce our laws and whenever payback is possible  we need to seek it, without exception.

    •  So whats the fine for being a John? $75? Didn’t we decriminalize it along with personal amounts of pot?  Or was that Mass that is saving millions by doing that?

  • Anonymous

    You guys want a real hoot? Bet you didn’t know Alexis is a pornstar!

    http://alexiswrightmainezumba.blogspot.com

    • Tom Brown III

       hahaha awesome the plot thickens!

      even though I hate the waste of tax payer money on victimless crimes all this southern maine drama is hilarious.

      • Anonymous

        Wait until the national networks get wind of this…lol. Sometimes freedom of speech is really entertaining.

  • Anonymous

    Meanwhile, thousands of adults across the state of Maine were reported to have had sex last night.

     Legalize it, regulate it, tax it and keep the state a safe distance from  all adult activity. How sad that the state and town are seemingly inured to their actions that wreck adults’ lives.

    • Anonymous

       those thousands of adults were also hoping and awaiting a 4.2 aftershock during their “event”

  • Anonymous

    This is so totally blown out of context–taxpayer money being wasted this way on such nonsense–The article states that she kept meticulous records on her clients–so read the directions !  Can’t believe this went national !

  • Anonymous

    So as we speak there are at least 3 cops at the station watching porn and getting paid to do it?
    I would not want to be a fly on the wall in that room.

    • Anonymous

      that might be a “sticky” situation

      •  I willing to bet the PD’s comp carrier covers on the job blindness, but will they cover hair removal from the palms?

    • Anonymous

       It’s a tough job, but somebody has got to do it . . .

  • Anonymous

    In Draconia, your private sexual business between consenting adults is top priority. Sex, sex,sex.

  • Tom Brown III

    In the mean time residents who have actually been victimized are not getting any attention from these detectives and every day that passes the crimes against them will become one step closer to forgotten and never prosecuted.

    This is completely ridiculous we have a massive problem with real crime and we are focusing on sex between consenting adults? Legalize prostitution regulate and tax it and let the police focus on real crimes.

  • Anonymous

    Enough all ready. Get on with some real news. Nobody cares but the families of these stupid guys.

  • Anonymous

    Too much time, too much tax payer money is being spent on this stupid case all for attention, all for news, all for Kennebunk to get a shot in the arm from a little press time on national news and maybe some tourism income. This needs to stop being front page and concern ourselves about real crimes and real issues, closr to 4.00 gas, close to 4.00 heating oil, all the drugs and subsequent robberies resulting in drug habits, not a buch of people paying to have sex, come on people!!!!

  • Anonymous

    this is ridiculous, 
    why do we have 3 detectives working on how many “johns” in a zumba class did the vertical tango with the instructor?
    we have unsolved murders in this state, a huge drug problem, and yet we’re dedicating time to this shenanigans?

    This is a page and a half article, made national headlines, and has been the talking point for weeks.
    ayla reynolds is still missing, the last article bdn posted encompasses a half a page.

    Priorities.

  • I put this up with our so called war on drugs as a complete waste of time and resources.

  • PabMainer

    Release the videos!!

  • Anonymous

    I love the byline: Three Detectives tied up? Are they on the list?

  • Anonymous

    What you need to know:

    How many were Republicans?            61

    How many were Democrats?               62

    How many were Independent?           12

    How many were Tea party?                  15                

    How many thought they were just spending untraceable, tax free, “stimulus” money?  100%

    I hear Stephen King is thinking of writing a new horror book………..Attack of the Zumbas 

    •  Maine.Open for business.

  • Anonymous

     and you dont see prostitution as a crime. Probability there were drugs involved..girls need to support their habit.
    Income tax evasion
    Using taxpayer money for her state assistance while working under the table.
    Probability of underage girls.
    This line of work attracts perverts, pedophiles and of the like. 
    Hmmmmm. missing escorts found dead. 
    Spread of disease. How often are they tested once a year , twice a year. Between johns……(i wasnt aware that all std testing gave rapid results)
    Exploitation
    Extortion
    Would you be be so concerned about taxpayer money if this were your family member turning tricks?

    Wonder what Alexis tells her  child on parent’s career job shadow day.  I can’t imagine the ridicule this child will receive from his/her peers.

    Very sad ……. 

     
     
     
       
     

  • Anonymous

    Clearly this story is generating enormous interest. Count the comments !!!
    (This comment was in response to the person that griped about the Bangor Daily giving
    this story so much attention.)

  • Anonymous

    Tax evasion and invasion of privacy shouldn’t be that hard to prove.  The videos were probably for sale on the net – more tax evasion.  Extortion is just one explanation.  Could also have been seen as “insurance” by Wright and Strong to secure silence instead of additional cash.  Why waste scarce resources on 200 prosecutions for behavior most people don’t see as seriously criminal. 

  •  “Three police detectives are working full time going through the evidence
    seized in the investigation of an alleged prostitution business, with
    the probe expected to continue for a few more months.” So in other words they are sitting around all day watching porno tapes. Taxpayers dollars hard at work.

  • Anonymous

    Lt. Burpee is quoted as saying “”To have an officer taken off the street for a department this small is difficult. . . the department has had to fill the investigator’’s shift with other officers, increasing the overtime expense for the town, he said, estimating the cost thus far in the thousands of dollars.”
    Which of course begs the question why is the Kennebunk Police Department engaged in this self-righteous crusade? Invasion of Privacy for recordings that one can only assume where make with the purpose of future blackmail, I can see. Likewise Federal prosecution for Income Tax offenses. But a prostitution crusade. . . perhaps the Kennebunk Police need to expose their officers to much of the rest of the Industrialized World.

  • Anonymous

    So pray tell why does Stephen Betts feel that the Maine Overseers of the Bar should take any action? Do Mr. Betts and the Overseers have such a Victorian sensibility that they honestly feel that sex for pay “demonstrates unfitness to practice law” or “adversely [reflects upon a] lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer?”
    What if an Attorney went out and committed adultery every day of the year? Of course Adultery has been decriminalized. What if there were a divorce or child custody action would the adultery have and impact – almost certainly not. So why the Victorian attitude in this instance?

  • Anonymous

    Kennebunk has 3 detectives ?  Who knew ?

  • Hey, look officer there goes a pedophile… Oh sorry you are busy?

    Look there’s a guy trying to rob a pharmacy…. Oh you are doing something else?

    Geeze is that guy beating the stuffing out of his wife and kids, is that woman selling drugs, is that kid stealing a car? 

    I get it, first things first you’ll get to the less important stuff later.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry if I offend, but this is the dumbest thing I’ve read all day.

      • No need to be sorry.  There are enough sorry people here.

  • Anonymous

    This is the most egregious use of police time imaginable!  What serious cases are being ignored while they use their resources so unwisely?  This would be laughable if it wasn’t so incredibly stupid!

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