EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 4, 2012

Search warrants public in Maine prostitution case


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Newly released court documents say a “domination fetish sheet” was among the items seized from the home of a fitness instructor facing charges in a prostitution case that hangs over this seacoast community.

A search warrant affidavit unsealed by a judge in Biddeford District Court on Wednesday also says personal lubricant, baby oil bottles, condoms and other items were taken from an office in Kennebunk that was rented for a short time this year by Alexis Wright of Wells, a Zumba instructor who was charged in October with engaging in prostitution.

According to police, Wright, 29, videotaped many of the encounters without her clients’ knowledge and kept detailed records suggesting the sex acts generated $150,000 over 18 months. Wright has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts including prostitution and invasion of privacy. Her business partner, insurance agent Mark Strong Sr., 57, of Thomaston, pleaded not guilty to 59 misdemeanor counts.

Police in Kennebunk have been slowly releasing the names of the supposed johns. Two lists including a total of 39 names have been made public during the past few weeks.

In the meantime, documents have been shedding light on the nature of the investigation that’s been under way for months. Police were searching for more information about Wright’s website, called Sensual Body Work by Lydia. Investigators were also looking for information about pornography featuring Wright under the stage name KiKiCu.

The warrants reveal that the owner of the office in Kennebunk rented by Wright went to police after finding Internet videos of Wright, a massage table and a camcorder on top of a tripod in the rented area. Among the seized items that police listed in the court documents were an address book, a notebook with names and a ledger.

Police also seized a computer, camera and recording equipment, and a white envelope with $1,000 in cash that was found in Wright’s car, the affidavit said.

An arrest warrant for Strong that was released this summer details what police said was a recorded telephone call between a Maine Drug Enforcement Agent and “Lydia,” arranging “unspecified sexual conduct” for money.