Zumba prostitution case back before Maine court

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court is weighing whether prostitution clients who are videotaped without their knowledge have a right to privacy.

Justices heard arguments Wednesday on whether to reinstate 46 invasion-of-privacy counts against Mark Strong Sr., who's accused of helping a Zumba instructor run a prostitution business in the seaside town of Kennebunk.

The trial judge dismissed the privacy counts, ruling that people engaged in a criminal act don't have the same right to privacy as an innocent person in a dressing room.

Strong, who's accused of watching the videos via Skype, also faces 13 counts that deal with promotion of prostitution. He and fitness instructor Alexis Wright both pleaded not guilty.

This is the second appeal to the state Supreme Court and the jury has yet to be seated.

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