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Zumba teacher in prostitution bust leaves jail

by DAVID SHARP Associated Press on November 23, 2013 10:19 AM

ALFRED, Maine — The Zumba instructor who ran a prostitution business in which she videotaped unsuspecting clients so her business partner could watch from his office 100 miles away has been released from jail, bringing to a close a scandal featuring sex videos, adultery and a client list with more than 100 names.

Alexis Wright left the York County Jail this morning after serving nearly six months of a 10-month sentence that was reduced because of good behavior and participation in a work program.

Wearing a gray suit and clutching a stack of folders, Wright strode out of the jail and into the waiting sport utility vehicle driven by her husband.

“I have no comment,” she said.

The scandal erupted a year ago in an unlikely place, a small town known for its beaches, New England charm and proximity to former President George H.W. Bush’s seaside estate in Kennebunkport.

Wright’s prostitution business came as a surprise to her fitness clients but not to police officers who’d become suspicious after fielding complaints about groaning, loud music and men coming and going from an office Wright rented across the street from her studio.

According to police, her business partner, Mark Strong, of Thomaston, watched the sexual encounters unfold in real time on a computer in his insurance business office. In a twist at her sentencing, Wright divulged that she believed her business partner had tricked her into believing she was a secret operative investigating sexual deviance.

Prosecutors didn’t buy Wright’s story, saying investigators continue to believe Wright, 30, was “a willing participant” in the prostitution business.

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