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Zumba Prostitution Trial: Mark Strong convicted 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

Mark Strong Sr. a court house in Portland, Maine on Jan. 18, 2013
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File

(AP) ALFRED, Maine - A Maine jury has convicted an insurance agent on 13 counts in a prostitution scandal centered at a Zumba studio in a small coastal town.

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Jurors returned the verdicts Wednesday against Mark Strong Sr., who was accused of helping a fitness instructor use her studio as a front for prostitution.

Prosecutors say he was a business partner who controlled, supervised and managed the prostitution business.

The 57-year-old Strong is a married businessman. He has acknowledged having an affair with Alexis Wright and helping her open the studio but contends he didn't profit from her activities. His attorneys say he was a smitten lover who wanted to help the single mother.

Wright is awaiting trial and has pleaded not guilty.

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