Published March 06, 2013
ALFRED, Maine – Jurors are deliberating in the trial of an insurance agent charged with promoting prostitution at a Zumba studio in Maine.
Prosecutors say Mark Strong Sr. was a business partner who called the shots in a paid-sex operation that allegedly operated from the fitness studio.
The defense, meanwhile, contends Strong can't be a business partner since he didn't profit from any of the activities.
Jurors began deliberating Wednesday morning, and quickly had a question for the judge about notes. Justice Nancy Mills advised that any notes taken by jurors during the deliberation process would be shredded.
Strong faces 13 counts related to promotion of prostitution.
The scandal attracted international attention after it was reported that Alexis Wright's ledgers indicated she had more than 150 clients. She'll be tried later.