Lawyer fighting names release in prostitution case

Posted: 10/12/12 at 6:35 am EDT      Last Updated: 10/12/12 at 6:00 pm EDT

KENNEBUNK, Maine (WHDH) -- One lawyer isn't giving up the fight to protect the identities of two men accused of giving business to a fitness instructor charged with running a prostitution operation out of her Zumba studio in Kennebunk, Maine.

Local and state police have begun to summon the so-called “Johns” to court. Kennebunk Police Department wants to release the identities of people impacted so far. There are about 150 names on client list, including some prominent figures.

A district court judge in Biddeford, Maine denied Stephen Schwartz’s request that he issue an injunction to keep the names secret. Now Schwartz plans to take the case to the Maine Supreme Court.

In one affidavit, a John Doe said, "I am a disabled person. I am a productive member of society, I have children and my family and reputation will be irreparably harmed if my name is revealed.”

A second accused client said "I have a family, including a child. I own a business.”

“We’re not asking for special treatment. I mean this is an unusual case and there’s a great deal of interest in it and a great deal, in my opinion, prurient interest,” said Stephen Schwartz.

Strong's attorney has seen some of the sex tapes and the list.

“It’s not my job to give it to the public. I’m a defense lawyer and I use it to prepare case,” said Daniel Lilley, defense attorney.

Zumba instructor, Alexis Wright, is facing more than 100 charges, mostly for prostitution. The 29-year-old and her alleged partner in the prostitution business, 57-year-old Mark Strong, pleaded not guilty to prostitution charges this week in Portland.

Police said Wright secretly videotaped sex with clients and kept detailed information on her clients.

The Maine Supreme Court will likely take the case next week.

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