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Zumba Prostitution Scandal: Trials of Alexis Wright and her business partner to be held separately, Maine judge rules

Alexis Wright turns towards her attorney Sarah Churchill, left, during her arraignment, 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. The 29-year-old 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

Alexis Wright
Alexis Wright, 29, turns towards her attorney Sarah Churchill, left, during her arraignment Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Portland, Maine.
AP Photo/Joel Page
(CBS) KENNEBUNK, Maine - Zumba instructor Alexis Wright and her business partner will be tried separately in connection to their alleged far-flung prostitution operation, a Maine  judge has ruled.

Pictures: Cops say Zumba instructor ran sex club

Wright is charged with turning her studio into a brothel in Kennebunk, a seaside town of 10,000 residents. She has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts including prostitution, invasion of privacy and tax-related charges. charges including prostitution and invasion of privacy.

Her co-defendant, Mark Strong, Sr., from Thomaston, has pleaded not guilty to dozens of 59 misdemeanor counts of promoting prostitution and violating privacy.

Dan Lilley, a lawyer for insurance agent Strong, said Tuesday the judge put Strong's case on the January docket, and Alexis Wright will be tried later.

At least 58 men in the case have been charged with engaging a prostitute.

Complete coverage of the Zumba prostitution scandal on Crimesider

  • Barry Leibowitz

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