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Prosecutor: Man Managed Zumba Prostitution

  • This photo released by the Maine Warden Service shows Nicholas Joy, 17, of Medford, Mass., sitting on a snowmobile Tuesday morning, March 5, 2013, after being found on a trail off the western side of Sugarloaf Mountain at Carrabassett Valley, Maine.  Joy, who went missing Sunday during a family ski trip, survived two nights in the wild by building a snow cave for shelter, drinking water from a stream and walking toward the sound of snowmobiles during the day. (AP Photo/Maine Warden Service, Scott Thrasher)

    This photo released by the Maine Warden Service shows Nicholas Joy, 17, of Medford, Mass., sitting on a snowmobile Tuesday morning, March 5, 2013, after being found on a trail off the western side of Sugarloaf Mountain at Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Joy, who went missing Sunday during a family ski trip, survived two nights in the wild by building a snow cave for shelter, drinking water from a stream and walking toward the sound of snowmobiles during the day. (AP Photo/Maine Warden Service, Scott Thrasher)

  • This photo released by the Maine Warden Service shows Nicholas Joy, 17, of Medford, Mass., sitting on a snowmobile Tuesday morning, March 5, 2013, after being found on a trail off the western side of Sugarloaf Mountain at Carrabassett Valley, Maine.  Joy, who went missing Sunday during a family ski trip, survived two nights in the wild by building a snow cave for shelter, drinking water from a stream and walking toward the sound of snowmobiles during the day. (AP Photo/Maine Warden Service, Scott Thrasher)

    This photo released by the Maine Warden Service shows Nicholas Joy, 17, of Medford, Mass., sitting on a snowmobile Tuesday morning, March 5, 2013, after being found on a trail off the western side of Sugarloaf Mountain at Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Joy, who went missing Sunday during a family ski trip, survived two nights in the wild by building a snow cave for shelter, drinking water from a stream and walking toward the sound of snowmobiles during the day. (AP Photo/Maine Warden Service, Scott Thrasher)

  • 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)

    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)

  • This photo released by the Maine Warden Service shows Nicholas Joy, 17, of Medford, Mass., sitting on a snowmobile Tuesday morning, March 5, 2013, after being found on a trail off the western side of Sugarloaf Mountain at Carrabassett Valley, Maine.  Joy, who went missing Sunday during a family ski trip, survived two nights in the wild by building a snow cave for shelter, drinking water from a stream and walking toward the sound of snowmobiles during the day. (AP Photo/Maine Warden Service, Scott Thrasher)
  • This photo released by the Maine Warden Service shows Nicholas Joy, 17, of Medford, Mass., sitting on a snowmobile Tuesday morning, March 5, 2013, after being found on a trail off the western side of Sugarloaf Mountain at Carrabassett Valley, Maine.  Joy, who went missing Sunday during a family ski trip, survived two nights in the wild by building a snow cave for shelter, drinking water from a stream and walking toward the sound of snowmobiles during the day. (AP Photo/Maine Warden Service, Scott Thrasher)
  • 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) — An insurance agent charged with promoting prostitution signed a lease, reviewed ledgers, confirmed the identities of johns and used Skype to monitor a Zumba instructor’s paid sex acts, making him not just a voyeur but her full-fledged business partner, a prosecutor told jurors yesterday.

Mark Strong Sr. helped fitness instructor Alexis Wright, his mistress, open her dance studio and “controlled, supervised and managed” the business to the point she took no action without his approval, Deputy District Attorney Justina McGettigan said.

But the defense characterized Strong, 57, as a man who was infatuated with a younger woman and made bad moral decisions but never profited from the operation.

“A business partner without making any kind of money? What kind of a business partner is that?” defense lawyer Dan Lilley told jurors, who heard closing arguments yesterday and will begin deliberations today.

Strong is accused of helping Wright use her Kennebunk fitness studio as a front for prostitution from October 2010 to February 2012. He has pleaded not guilty to a dozen counts of promoting prostitution and a count of conspiracy to promote prostitution. Invasion of privacy charges against him were dismissed.

Wright, 30, faces more than 100 counts including prostitution and tax violations.