Alexis Wright Zumba prostitution case: Released names stir debate

4:23 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) - A decision to release the names of alleged prostitution clients caused big problems for men in a small New England town who have the same names as the accused.

Rumors about a prostitution business have run rampant for weeks in Kennebunk, Maine, a community best known for its proximity to the Bush family summer compound.

Authorities on Monday released the first batch of names of men suspected of paying a fitness instructor for sex. But the names did not include any ages or addresses.

The lack of precise information is casting a shadow over dozens of innocent men like Paul Main, a retired sheriff's detective. The names on the list also match with an attorney, a businessman and a former municipal leader.

As the controversy grew on Tuesday, the judge reversed his earlier decision, ruling that addresses and other identifying information could now be released.

An attorney for The Portland Press Herald says Justice Thomas Warren agreed Tuesday that the addresses and ages of the suspected johns can be made public, along with their names.

Police are expected to re-issue a list of 21 names with the additional information.

Zumba fitness instructor Alexis Wright has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts of prostitution, invasion of privacy and other charges. Her business partner faces 59 misdemeanor counts.

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