This next bit of news should appeal to those of you who are fans of the classic film Risky Business, starring Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay. A small tourist town in Kennebunk, Main is the focus of a lot of media coverage recently after Alex Wright, a 29 year-old Zumba fitness instructor, was accused of running a prostitution business out of her Zumba dance studio in conjunction with her business partner, Mark Strong Sr.
The list of charges compiled by authorities against Alex Wright includes taking money for sex, with 150 men being accused for paying Wright for sexual services. The list is rumored to include many high profile local residents ranging from lawyers, doctors, law enforcement officials, a television personality and other well-known people in town. Police also found meticulous records that Wright kept which indicate she collected over $150,000 in a little over 18 months for her prostitution services.
It is still unclear why, but it appears Wright secretly had been videotaping some of these sexual encounters. Prosecutors have obtained more than 100 hours of video and nearly 14,000 screen shots from seized computers.
Wright has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts including prostitution, violation of privacy, tax evasion and other charges for allegedly providing sex for money at her fitness studio and a nearby one-room office she rented..
Her business partner, 57-year-old Mark Strong Sr., has also pleaded not guilty to 59 counts of promotion of prostitution and violation of privacy. Officials report the two shared a “business and personal” relationship. Among the video footage obtained, it showed Wright and Strong having sex, according to the affidavit.
Wright is the single mother of a young boy, but it is still unclear whether or not she has custody of the boy.
Police have begun issuing summons to Wright’s customers and will be releasing the names of more clients involved in this scandal every other week as more summons are issued. The next batch of names will be released Oct.26.
The first batch of names initially created chaos for some innocent men that shared the same name as the ones on this list. The addresses, ages and other identifying information of the men were withheld after a judge ruled that state law required them to be kept confidential because the alleged sexual encounters may have been videotaped, making the men potential victims of privacy.
The issue is that by only disclosing names, and not more unique information, it will pose real harm to certain innocent men that happen have a name in common with the accusers.
One of these names released was Paul Main, the name of a former sheriff deputy who had a recent Monday evening turned into complete chaos after this list was made public. His phone was bombarded with calls and his door step swarmed with TV crews, all wondering if he was the “Paul Main” on the list of the accusers. It appears the name “Paul Main” is shared by at least 20 other men in Maine. He has since spent the rest of this week trying to clear his name.
Although Wright may have just indicted this week, it appears she has been living a double life for years now. Wright opened up her “Pura Vida” Zumba studio in 2010, and shortly after small one-room office across the street.
That same year an anonymous blog appeared accusing Wright of not being that friendly Zumba instructor she portrayed to be. The blog’s creator is listed only as “stevens.” The only post “stevens” made was one in which he or she talked about the “double life” Wright lived, accusing her of being a “porn star” and having sex with married men.
Reports also show there were many photographs and videos with a woman identified as Alexis Wright of Kennebunk engaging in sex acts all over the internet.
Videos of a woman appearing to be Wright dancing naked in her Zumba studio have also been reported to have been over the internet.
Another blog, which was recently taken down, showed a woman appearing to be Wright in a featured photograph. The blog included a personal profile that read, “I live in a small town in Maine and have my own dance studio, and many in my community do not realize that I am an exhibitionist and that I crave sex. I have had sex with many of the married men locally and it is satisfying to know that I am providing them with what they are not getting at home. If the women only knew …”
According to a police affidavit, the police first began to investigate Wright after getting reports of men coming in and out of the facility at all hours of the day and night. The landlord of Wrights office space told investigators there had also been complaints of “moaning and groaning” coming from Wright’s office.
When the landlord checked her office himself, a massage table and a video camera set up on a tripod were found inside her office. He also told police he later found an online porn video of Wright that seemed to have been recorded in her office.
Kennebunk, Maine now anxiously waits for the remaining names on this list to be disclosed hoping none of their friends, neighbors, or husbands are among Wrights secret customers. This scandal is sure to grow larger as additional details unfold and, as Joel’s Father would say in Risky Business, “Sometimes you just gotta say what the heck.”