Zumba landlord testifies of suspicious ‘moaning' in Maine prostitution case
ALFRED, Maine (AP) -- A landlord who rented office space to a Zumba instructor accused of being a prostitute testified he became suspicious when tenants heard "groaning and moaning." A pizza shop manager told a jury that the woman disrobed in front of him during a delivery.
The risque details emerged in court Thursday as testimony began in the trial of Mark Strong Sr., an insurance businessman charged with 13 counts that accuse him of helping the fitness instructor engage in prostitution.
The 30-year-old woman, Alexis Wright, is accused of engaging in prostitution at the dance studio, at an office across the street and at her own home. Authorities have said she videotaped clients without their knowledge. She will be tried later.
Christopher West, a landlord who rented office space to Wright, testified he began receiving complaints from other tenants within a couple of weeks.
He testified about loud music, moaning, groaning and laughter coming from the office.
He became suspicious when he witnessed men coming and going. After police executed a search warrant, he said he discovered a box of adult toys, a bin of used condoms and baby wipes, and a massage table.
Both Strong and Wright have pleaded not guilty.
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