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Landlord suspicious of Maine Zumba instructor

Says he was suspicious about prostitution after complaints


ALFRED, Maine — A landlord who rented office space to a Maine Zumba instructor accused of being a prostitute testified he became suspicious when tenants heard “groaning and moaning.”

A pizza shop manager says the woman disrobed in front of him during a delivery.

The risque details emerged in court today as testimony began in the trial of Mark Strong Sr., an insurance businessman charged with helping the fitness instructor engage in prostitution.

Strong is accused of 13 counts dealing with promotion of prostitution.

Both he and the fitness instructor, Alexis Wright, have pleaded not guilty. Wright, who will be tried later, faces charges including engaging in prostitution.

Strong's lawyer said his client had an affair with the 30-year-old Wright and helped finance her Pura Vida dance-fitness studio, but knew nothing about prostitution.

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