Maine Zumba teacher pleads guilty to prostitution

 A Maine Zumba instructor accused of using her fitness studio as a front for prostitution has pleaded guilty to 20 counts.

Mark Strong Sr. comforts his wife Julie after she became emotional while addressing Justice Nancy Mills during Strong's sentencing at Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland, Maine, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Strong was sentenced to 20 days in jail and a fine of $3,000 for his role in promoting a one-woman prostitution business from a Zumba studio in Kennebunk. (AP Photo/Portland Press Herald, Gregory Rec)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A Maine Zumba instructor accused of using her fitness studio as a front for prostitution has pleaded guilty to 20 counts.

The plea agreement spares Alexis Wright from the prospect of a high-profile trial featuring sex videos, exhibitionism and pornography, and more than a thousand texts and emails detailing the operation.

Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 10 months.

The 30-year-old Wright was accused of conspiring with insurance agent Mark Strong Sr. to run a prostitution business in which she kept detailed records indicating she made $150,000 over an 18-month period. She was also accused of using a hidden camera to record sex acts without her clients' knowledge.

Strong, of Thomaston, was convicted 13 counts related to promotion of prostitution and sentenced to 20 days in jail.


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