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Alexis Wright Case: Maine judge won't block names of alleged clients of Zumba instructor accused of prostitution

Alexis Wright, 29, turns towards her attorney Sarah Churchill, left, during her arraignment Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Portland, Maine on 109 counts of prostitution, violation of privacy, tax evasion and other charges for allegedly providing sex for money at her Kennebunk fitness studio and office. Wright pleaded not guilty on charges she ran a prostitution business out of her Kennebunk Zumba studio and secretly filmed her encounters. (AP Photo/Joel Page) Joel Page

Alexis Wright during her arraignment on Oct. 9, 2012 in Portland, Maine
AP Photo/Joel Page

(CBS) KENNEBUNK, Maine -- A Maine judge won't block the release of the names of alleged clients of Alexis Wright, a fitness instructor accused of running a prostitution operation out of her Zumba fitness studio in a southern Maine town.

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Wright, 29, pleaded not guilty to 106 counts of prostitution, invasion of privacy, tax evasion and other charges for allegedly accepting money for sex and secretly videotaping her encounters. Her business partner, Mark Strong Sr., a 57-year-old insurance agent and private investigator, pleaded not guilty to 59 misdemeanor charges for his alleged role.

Kennebunk police have been issuing summons to Wright's alleged clients and said the names will be released in bi-weekly police activity reports beginning Friday.

A lawyer for two of the suspected clients tried to stop the release of the list but the judge rejected the motion late Thursday. The order was filed Friday.

Townspeople were waiting with curiosity for the release of the names. Residents said they've heard it could include lawyers, law enforcement officers and some well-known names.

Strong's attorney said he has a list of 150 people or more who were alleged customers, but that he wouldn't release the names unless they're called as witnesses if the case goes to trial.

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