Deal Possible in Maine Zumba Prostitution Case

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - There may be a plea deal in the works for the business partner of a Zumba dance instructor charged with running a prostitution business from her Kennebunk studio.

A lawyer for Mark Strong Sr. confirmed Wednesday that a conference with prosecutors is scheduled for Friday, where a settlement may be discussed.

The 57-year-old Strong is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday in York County Superior Court on 59 misdemeanor charges of conspiring with Zumba instructor Alexis Wright to run a prostitution business.

Strong's attorney, Daniel Lilley, tells The Portland Press Herald ( ) his client wants a deal in which he gets a small fine but avoids jail.

Lilley says he's removing himself from the case because Strong can no longer afford to pay him.

Strong and Wright have pleaded not guilty.

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