Zumba Prostitution Scandal: Mark Strong Sr., businessman, gets 20 days in Maine sex case

Mark Strong Sr. leaves the Cumberland County Court House in Portland, Maine on Jan. 18, 2013
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File

(CBS/AP) PORTLAND, Maine - Mark Strong Sr. was sentenced to 20 days in jail Thursday morning on charges of managing, controlling and profiting from a sophisticated prostitution operation run out of a Zumba studio in a small Maine town.

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Strong, 57, was convicted earlier this month of 12 counts of promoting prostitution and a separate conspiracy count. He was sentenced for his role in the operation in Kennebunk, a community known more for its beaches and sea captains' homes than crime. Strong, an insurance agent, must also pay a $3,000 fine.

He acknowledged helping 30-year-old Alexis Wright open her Zumba fitness studio, but he contended that he didn't profit from prostitution. But prosecutors said he pocketed 20 percent of the proceeds under an arrangement with Wright, who's due to stand trial later.

Complete coverage of the Zumba Prostitution Scandal on Crimesider


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