Officer testifies about Zumba studio evidence

DAVID SHARP
March 1, 2013
FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2013 file photo, Mark Strong Sr., leaves the Cumberland County Court House in Portland, Maine. The jury in Strong’s trial watched a video Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, showing a sexual encounter between Zumba fitness instructor Alexis Wright and a man who left cash on her massage table. Strong is charged with 13 counts that relate to promoting prostitution.  He contends he had an affair with Wright and helped her launch her Pura Vida dance studio in Kennebunk, Maine, but his lawyer has said he was unaware of any paid sex. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2013 file photo, Mark Strong Sr., leaves the Cumberland County Court House in Portland, Maine. The jury in Strong’s trial watched a video Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, showing a sexual encounter between Zumba fitness instructor Alexis Wright and a man who left cash on her massage table. Strong is charged with 13 counts that relate to promoting prostitution. He contends he had an affair with Wright and helped her launch her Pura Vida dance studio in Kennebunk, Maine, but his lawyer has said he was unaware of any paid sex. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — The lead police investigator is on the stand in Maine talking about evidence seized from the home and office of a fitness instructor alleged to have used her Zumba studio as a front for prostitution.

The testimony of Kennebunk police officer Audra Presby comes in the trial of Mark Strong. He is facing 13 charges that he helped Alexis Wright run her business.

Presby began testifying Thursday and resumed Friday.

On Thursday, jurors watched a video of a sexual encounter that showed money changing hands and additional videos suggesting Strong was familiar with the operation.

The prostitution scandal attracted attention after it was reported that Wright had ledgers indicating she made $150,000 over 18 months.

Wright has pleaded not guilty. She'll be tried later.