Friday October 19, 2012

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) -- The lawyer for a high school hockey coach who gave up his job because of the Zumba prostitution case said Thursday that his client’s name never should have been made public and contended law enforcement agencies have engaged in "reckless and outrageous behavior."

Gary Prolman, who represents Don Hill, said he finds it "revolting" that Hill felt compelled to give up the job he loved because of the unproven charge that he engaged a prostitute.

"I used to think that in the United States you were innocent until proven guilty and you don’t lose everything because of an accusation. I guess that’s all changed now," Prolman said. "I’m pretty disgusted with the whole judicial process right now."

Hill’s was among the first 21 names of accused johns to be released by police investigating a dance instructor accused of turning her Zumba studio into a brothel.

After his name appeared on the list, Hill, 52, told officials at Kennebunk High School that he wouldn’t seek to renew his contract after 14 years as head coach.

Hill has no criminal record and he’s been divorced for years, the lawyer said.

The dance instructor, Alexis Wright, 29, has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts of prostitution, invasion of privacy and other charges. Police say Wright kept "meticulous" records and a client list that lawyers involved in the case said includes more than 150 names, including those of prominent figures.


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Also charged is Mark Strong Sr. of Thomaston, who pleaded not guilty to 59 misdemeanor counts including promoting prostitution and violating the privacy of men who were allegedly videotaped without their knowledge.