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‘I had sex with Larry, Pete and Paul’: Texts and emails detail Kennebunk Zumba prostitution operation

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.
By Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Alexis Wright set a goal of seeing nine clients per week, which she exceeded with sometimes five per day, and would not see any of those clients without her business partner, Mark Strong, viewing the encounter.

This is according to recently released text messages and emails between Wright, 30, of Wells, and Strong, 57, of Thomaston, the two key figures in the Kennebunk prostitution investigation. The messages, which were under impoundment by Justice Nancy Mills along with other evidence in the case, were made public by the York County Superior Court after a records request by the Portland Press Herald. Mills lifted the impoundment of the emails and texts on Friday.

Included in the documents are spreadsheets Wright configured to track clients, the sex acts performed, the amount paid, and the date and time of the acts performed. The ledgers were sent by email to Strong from Wright and are dated from October 2010 to January 2011. Wright’s documented payment for services ranged from $35 for a massage to more than $1,000 for multiple services.

In text messages sent to Strong, Wright details her hectic schedule, which included up to five men a day.

“I had sex with Larry, Pete and Paul on Thursday,” Wright says via text at 7:44 p.m. Feb. 9, 2012. “And Michael, Pete, Pat, Jason and Mike today,” she continues.

At 1:42 p.m. Jan. 28, 2012, Wright texted, “Shoot. I forgot to ask you something. Are we only allowed to see nine clients per week now? Or are we just required to count each new week after the nine are completed. So for every nine clients and payment that means a complete week. If that’s the case, I may be really far ahead!”

A series of messages that same day seems to indicate that a client was unhappy with Wright’s services. In one text, sent at 7:48 p.m., she writes, “Well I know that it isn’t something that you want to discuss because it is incredibly uncomfortable. However, if it is something that needs to be completed fairly quickly, o [sic] would rather do it sooner than later. The best way to improve is to hear what I could have done better based on the previous one.”

At 7:50 p.m., Wright says, “I thought they were going to discuss with you what I did wrong in it.”

Followed by another text immediately after saying, “I’ll see what I can do to improve and will notify you as soon as it is completed. Perhaps tomorrow evening?”

Wright has pleaded guilty to 20 misdemeanors through a plea deal reached with prosecutors. She is scheduled to be sentenced on May 31. According to the agreement, she will face 10 months in jail and is expected to pay more than $58,000 in fines and restitution.

Strong was convicted by a jury of his peers on 13 misdemeanor counts of promotion of prostitution and conspiracy to commit the crime of promotion of prostitution. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail, reduced to 15 for good behavior, which he has served.

Wright’s ledgers have been said to contain more than 150 clients and so far more than 60 men and one woman have been charged with engaging a prostitute in relation to the case. A total of 29 have pleaded guilty, while many are requesting jury trials in York County Superior Court.

Kennebunk police have said they will be investigating and may charge 40 more people who allegedly solicited Wright’s services.

During Strong’s trial, prosecutors revealed how Wright’s sexual encounters with clients were filmed and viewed by Strong from Thomaston via Skype.

In text messages, Wright and Strong talk about how to best schedule appointments so Strong can view them remotely. In a series of texts, Wright attempts to delay a client when she doesn’t hear from Strong.

“You must have gotten tied up somewhere. I can’t reach you and Jared is already in the area. I won’t see a client without your permission and viewing so I’ll wait to hear from you I guess,” she writes at 1:01 p.m. Feb. 4, 2012.

At 1:06 p.m. she writes, “I can see him sitting across the street.”

Immediately followed by, “I’m sure he can see my car but if he knocks, I won’t answer unless you’re in your office.”

In some text messages Wright received from Strong, he responds to what he has observed.

“You continuously stand in front of him,” he says in a message sent at 10:17 a.m. Feb. 6, 2012.

During Strong’s trial, he was described by defense attorneys as a man in love who wanted to help Wright.

In a message sent at 10:06 p.m. Feb. 4, 2012, Wright texts Strong, “I love you Mark.”

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