Zumba Instructor Alexis Wright Who Ran Prostitution Ring Freed

Monday, 25 Nov 2013 10:15 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Zumba instructor Alexis Wright has been released from jail after being convicted of running a prostitution ring that involved her videotaping sexual encounters, unbeknownst to her clients, and then sending the videos to her business partner to watch.

The 30-year-old Wright left Maine's York County Jail at approximately 7:45 a.m. Saturday after serving nearly six months of a 10-month sentence that was reduced due to good behavior and participation in a work program, the Associated Press reported.

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Wright was greeted by reporters as she stepped out of the county jail this weekend to which she reportedly said, "I have no comment." She was picked up and driven away by her husband.

The Zumba instructor's client list reportedly included some 100-plus names.

In the trial, Wright claimed to have been the victim of her business partner's deceit. She said believed she was a secret operative investigating sexual deviance, and not the organizer of a prostitution ring. The argument did not faze law enforcement, with prosecutors describing Wright as a "a willing participant" in the prostitution business.

In addition to collecting $40,000 in public assistance, prosecutors said that Wright had accumulated $150,000 tax-free from the prostitution ring over the course of 18 months.

Police apparently were first made aware of Wright's operation through complaints from her neighbors, who reportedly saw men frequently coming and going between her Zumba dance studio and rented office across the street where they reportedly heard loud music and moaning.

Wright's business partner, 58-year-old insurance agent Mark Strong Sr., had already served his 20 days in jail after being convicted of 13 counts related to the promotion of prostitution.

"I do apologize for each of my selfish actions and the harm that I have caused many," Strong told the court in March while reportedly holding back tears. "Most importantly I want to apologize to my wife, my two sons and my entire family because I've caused so much hurt in so many ways, emotionally, physically and financially."

The prostitution ring was based out of the small Maine town Kennebunk.

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