Partner in Zumba Prostitution Case Set for Trial

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The business partner of a Zumba instructor accused of using her dance studio as a front for prostitution is set to go on trial in Maine after last-minute plea negotiations failed.

Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday in the trial of Mark Strong Sr. in York County Superior Court in Alfred. The insurance agent from Thomaston faces 59 misdemeanor counts.

Prosecutors say he conspired with Alexis Wright, who is charged with running a prostitution operation out of her studio in the seaside community of Kennebunk.

Officials say it could take several days to select a jury. The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.

The judge will be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn't heard about the case, which created international headlines in the fall.

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