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Defense lawyer wants Strong’s trial delayed in Kennebunk prostitution case

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Mark W. Strong Sr. (right), 57, listens in Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland with his attorney Daniel Lilley on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 where he was arraigned on 59 criminal charges. Those include 12 counts of promotion of prostitution, two counts of conspiracy, and 45 counts of invasion of privacy with an inside device.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ALFRED, Maine — The attorney for Mark W. Strong Sr. has asked the court to postpone the trial of his client on prostitution-related charges.

Attorney Daniel Lilley filed a motion Monday in York County Superior Court on behalf of Strong, a 57-year-old Thomaston resident who owns the Strong Insurance Agency in that town.

A clerk in the court confirmed the motion had been filed that morning to postpone Strong’s trial, which was set to begin Jan. 22. A hearing with the defense and prosecution has been scheduled for Tuesday morning in Cumberland County Superior Court before Justice Nancy Mills.

Lilley stated in the motion that he wants a delay until at least Feb. 19 to allow the defense to fully prepare its case. He noted in the motion that the state turned over the final voluminous amount of evidence to the defense in early December.

Lilley stated in the motion that Assistant District Attorney Justina McGettigan opposes the continuance.

Strong is charged with 59 counts that include promotion of prostitution and invasion of privacy.

He is accused of conspiring with Alexis Wright, 29, to run a prostitution business out of her Kennebunk fitness studio. Both Strong and Wright have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Strong and Wright will be tried separately in the sprawling case, which has also included charges against more than 60 individuals accused of paying for sex at the studio. But the two are tied together in a lawsuit by the building’s landlord, who said Strong and Wright — both allegedly listed as tenants of the studio space — owe rent and property taxes.

Strong was arrested July 11 but has been free on bail since that day.

Correction: A previous version of this story erroneously stated that attorney Daniel Lilley's motion said that Assistant District Attorney Justina McGettigan did not oppose the continuance.

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