ByCrimesider StaffCBS NewsMarch 21, 2013, 10:51 AM
Zumba Prostitution Scandal: Mark Strong Sr., businessman, gets 20 days in Maine sex case
FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2013 photo, Mark Strong Sr., leaves the Cumberland County Court House, in Portland, Maine. Delayed by a pair of appeals to the state supreme court, jury selection is set to resume Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 in the trial of an insurance agent accused of helping a fitness instructor use her Zumba studio as a front for prostitution. Justice Nancy Mills convened attorneys for defendant Mark Strong and fitness instructor Alexis Wright on Tuesday to get the case back on track after the state supreme court upheld the dismissal of 46 counts against Strong. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
Robert F. Bukaty
(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.
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.