May 20, 2019
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Two more men plead guilty in Kennebunk prostitution case; third man skips court appearance

Seth Koenig | BDN
Seth Koenig | BDN
Two men charged in connection with the Kennebunk prostitution investigation pleaded guilty to engaging a prostitute in Biddeford District Court on Wednesday.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Two more men charged in connection with the Kennebunk prostitution investigation have pleaded guilty to engaging a prostitute.

Matthew Scott, 49, of 121 North Wayne Road, Wayne, and Michael Wears, 52, of 27 Abenaki Lane, Sanford, both pleaded guilty in Biddeford District Court and were fined $500 and $600 respectively.

A third man, Derek Chapman, 32, of 461 Cumberland Ave., Portland, who was summoned to appear in court on a count of engaging a prostitute, did not appear. A judge now will set cash bail and a warrant will be issued for his arrest, a court clerk said.

The three men are among the more than 60 who have been charged with paying for the services of Alexis Wright, 29, of Wells, who police allege ran a prostitution operation out of her Kennebunk Zumba studio and nearby office space for more than a year and a half. Ten men have pleaded guilty in connection with the case and were fined between $400 and $1,000.

Police have been releasing the names of those charged in batches within their biweekly police blotter, which is scheduled to be released again Friday, Dec. 21. A total of 16 men originally were summoned to appear in court Wednesday, but attorneys for the other 13 men have either filed not guilty pleas on their clients’ behalf, with bench trials set for Jan. 22, or have requested a jury trial in York County Superior Court in Alfred.

Wright has pleaded not guilty to the 106 counts against her, including promotion of prostitution, invasion of privacy and tax offenses. She is scheduled for trial in May.

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