Alleged sex scandal partner says he's being framed

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, Alexis Wright, 29, turns towards her attorney Sarah Churchill, left, during her arraignment in Portland, Maine on 109 counts of prostitution, violation of privacy, tax evasion and other charges for allegedly providing sex for money at her Kennebunk fitness studio and office. The first batch of more than 100 men accused of paying a fitness instructor for sex were laying low after police began releasing their names in a small New England town where rumors have run rampant for weeks. Police on Monday released 21 names of men who were issued summons for engaging in prostitution with a 29-year-old Zumba instructor who's charged with turning her dance studio into a brothel in this seaside community and secretly videotaping her encounters. (AP Photo/Joel Page, File)
October 17, 2012 4:06:00 PM PDT
The man at the center of the Zumba sex scandal rocking New England says he's being framed by police.

57-year-old Mark Strong is accused of helping 29-year-old Alexis Wright sell sex and video tape it in her Kennebunkport, Maine Zumba studio.

But Strong says he helped Wright set up a legitimate business. He says he's being targeted because he's a part time private eye, who's been investigating the Kennebunkport Police Department. His attorney says he hasn't seen any evidence against Strong, noting, "From what he says, he's a good guy caught up in a bad situation."

Authorities continue to release the names of Wright's roughly 100 alleged clients. Wednesday's list included a former mayor of South Portland, Maine. 21 men have received summonses so far.


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