ALFRED, Maine — Jayson Trowbridge, who last year married now-convicted Kennebunk prostitute Alexis Wright, told the court he would often come home in the afternoon and find her dangerously close to harming herself out of shame over her actions.
“From the time we would depart each other’s arms until I would get the afternoon call or text message between 2 and 2:45 p.m., every day I anticipated that that morning would be the last time I would ever see Alexis,” Trowbridge wrote in a revealing single-spaced, two-plus-page testimony submitted to the court at Wright’s sentencing Friday morning.
“I would get calls from her in tears,” he continued. “I would go to her in the afternoon and once again, I would have to pull her from the shower similar to [our] morning routine. But this time I would pull her from a scalding hot shower and prevent her from scrubbing her body clean until she bled or burned.”
Wright was sentenced to 10 months in jail and ordered to pay $58,000 in fines and restitution Friday morning by Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills in accordance with a plea agreement reached with prosecutors two months ago. The York County district attorney’s office and state attorney general’s office agreed to drop 86 of the 106 charges against her and recommend the 10-month sentence in exchange for a plea of guilty to 20 misdemeanor charges related to prostitution and state tax evasion.
Among the charges dropped were dozens of counts of privacy invasion and welfare fraud.
During Friday morning’s sentencing hearing, Wright and her attorney, Sarah Churchill, told the court that Wright’s history of being sexually abused by her father as a child made her vulnerable to manipulation at the hands of Thomaston insurance broker Mark Strong Sr., who convinced her to engage in prostitution under the guise that she was helping a government investigation into “sexual deviants.”
Strong spent 15 days of a 20-day sentence in jail for 13 counts of promotion of prostitution-related charges in late March and early April. He was convicted of the crimes by a jury in early March.
Trowbridge, who began dating Wright in 2007, said he learned about her “double life” as a prostitute in April 2011. Wright had a son in 2005 from a previous relationship.
“[W]hen the cameras were off and there wasn’t anyone present to capture the true essence of Alexis Wright, Alexis would start her day around 5:30 a.m., waking up to take a shower first thing in the morning,” Trowbridge wrote. “I would give her about 20 minutes before I would enter the bathroom. Ten minutes to allow her to shower and an additional 10 minutes for crying.”
Despite the hidden prostitution operation, Trowbridge wrote that Wright continued to be “an extraordinary mother” and that she plans on going back to school to get a master’s degree after she’s released from jail.
“I have lost a great deal of respect from many and I’ve also lost a great deal of friends that can’t fathom the reason why I stood by my wife,” he wrote. “I stand by Alexis’ side because I knew if I was to have walked away, she would have been left to the wolves without a soul to turn to.
“I’ve never asked her to say ‘sorry’ but she does all the time,” Trowbridge continued. “I will never accept her apology because I feel that she doesn’t owe me one. I stood by my wife when I first discovered her nightmare and I continue to stand by her today. The fact that I chose to marry her after learning of her situation isn’t simply based on love. It is a testament to the true person she is and the real person I know. My vow of marriage was a choice to stand up for her when she couldn’t find the strength to stand up for herself.”