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updated: 10/9/2012 11:23 PM

Prostitution arrests rock Maine tourist town

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  • Alexis Wright, 29, turns toward her attorney, Sarah Churchill, left, Tuesday 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. Wright pleaded not guilty on charges she ran a prostitution business out of her Kennebunk Zumba studio and secretly filmed her encounters.

      Alexis Wright, 29, turns toward her attorney, Sarah Churchill, left, Tuesday 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. Wright pleaded not guilty on charges she ran a prostitution business out of her Kennebunk Zumba studio and secretly filmed her encounters.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

KENNEBUNK, Maine -- A Maine tourist town is on edge as residents wait to see which friends and neighbors are named as clients of a fitness instructor who pleaded not guilty to running a prostitution business out of her Zumba (ZOOM'-bah) studio.

Twenty-nine-year-old Alexis Wright pleaded not guilty Tuesday to more than 100 counts connected to her alleged operation in Kennebunk.

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Police say they found video footage of Wright having sex with men who were unaware they were being filmed, along with meticulous records suggesting the sex acts could have generated $150,000.

Police say they've begun issuing summonses to Wright's alleged customers. The superintendent of schools has asked teachers to be on the lookout for students who have relatives on the list of names and may be teased or have trouble coping.

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