The Kennebunk small town in coastal Maine headlines again as the names of 21 clients of Alexis Wright, local Zumba teacher/prostitution business woman, were released on Monday. Police released the names after a judge issued summons for the men who are suspected of engaging in prostitution with 29-year-old Wright. There are over 150 clients suspected to have paid to have sex with Wright in her dance studio and rented office space across the street.
The prostitution investigation and charges rocked the Kennebunk, Me. community of only 10,000 residents, where rumors facing the scandal are feared to severely disrupt families and businesses. Among the 150 clients are suspected to be Kennebunk and surrounding towns’ lawyers, doctors, law enforcement officers and other prominent people. Local real estate agent Kim Ackely says the list of prostitution clients will cause pain, but it is more or less fair for all parties involved to be identified.
“What’s fair for one has to be fair for the other,” said Ackley. “The door can’t swing just one way.”
Maine police began investigating the Kennebunk prostitution case back in September 2011 after noticing suspicious activity in the Zumba studio turned brothel. Police arrested Alexis Wright’s business partner Mark Strong Sr. July of this year and charged him with 59 misdemeanor counts. Wright herself faces 106 counts of prostitution and invasion of privacy, among other charges. Police reported that Alexis Wright kept meticulous records, videotaped the acts without many of the clients’ knowledge and generated an estimated $150,000 over the course of 18 months.
The list included names only, excluding in particular ages and addresses, making it difficult for the press to contact those listed and confirm their identities or occupations.