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Coach quits in Maine Zumba prostitution scandal

By Clarke Canfield

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:55 a.m. HST, Oct 17, 2012

KENNEBUNK, Maine » A long-time high school hockey coach whose name appeared on a list of 21 men accused of paying a local Zumba fitness instructor for sex has stepped down.

Kennebunk High School coach Donald Hill announced Tuesday he wouldn't seek to renew his contract for next season for personal reasons after 14 years as head coach, school Superintendent Andrew Dolloff said Wednesday.

Police on Tuesday released the names of the first batch of men to be summoned after being accused of engaging a prostitute.

Hill, 52, was listed alongside a former mayor and several businessmen. The coach, who's from Old Orchard Beach, a few towns north of Kennebunk, didn't immediately return a cellphone message seeking comment Wednesday. Men from Massachusetts and New Hampshire also are on the list.

Kennebunk, a town of about 10,000 residents known for its beaches, sea captain's mansions and New England charm, was thrust into the media spotlight after 29-year-old Zumba instructor Alexis Wright was charged this month with engaging in prostitution in her dance studio and in an office across the street.

Police said Wright videotaped many encounters without her clients' knowledge and kept meticulous records suggesting the sex acts generated $150,000 over 18 months.

Wright, from nearby Wells, has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts of prostitution, invasion of privacy and other charges. Her business partner, 57-year-old insurance agent and private investigator Mark Strong Sr., from Thomaston, has pleaded not guilty to 59 misdemeanor charges.

Police have said more than 150 people are suspected of being johns. The first release of their names attracted attention from around the world.

Town residents who are growing weary of the attention can look forward to repeating the scenario several more times as names trickle out.

The police department plans to release the remaining names of john suspects every other week as they're issued summonses, meaning the disclosures could continue until the end of the year. The next batch is due Oct. 26.

It will take months for all the summonses to be issued and for all the john suspects to have court appearances, police Lt. Anthony Bean Burpee said.

Around town on Wednesday, people were still talking about "the list" and what other names might be on it. But some locals were fed up of the spotlight.

"People are definitely sick of all the news vans on Main Street," said Travis Munroe, general manager of H.B. Provisions, a general store and deli.

Munroe said that while some resent the incessant media attention, there's still plenty of interest in the case.

"We're selling newspapers, that's for sure," he said, noting that the local newspapers sold out Wednesday morning.

He said "that list" is what everyone's concerned about.

"It's like a car accident," he said. "You can't help but look."

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allie wrote:
yikes! how totally silly
on October 17,2012 | 06:07AM
cojef wrote:
Johns who frequent these houses of I'll repute have only themselves to blame if their names are legally approved for release. Exposé will aide in slowing down the growth of these businesses.
on October 17,2012 | 07:13AM
bender wrote:
You seem to miss the point that many were labeled as johns just because they had the same name as the real johns. I think those news outlets that printed unverified names should have some liability, maybe the court as well. I imagine a lot of guys had to answer to their wives even though they were not the real customer.
on October 17,2012 | 09:57AM
The_Dude_Abides wrote:
Oh please. They're all consenting adults, no crimes committed here. What a silly society we live in. How much taxpayer money is being wasted on this?
on October 17,2012 | 09:04AM
serious wrote:
Dude, I agree, legalize it!! Get a new source of revenue. Just like gambling in HI--it goes on but not taxed!!!
on October 17,2012 | 09:58AM
Toyuki wrote:
Heard of aids and other sexually transmitted diseases? It affects the innocent .... Wives, girlfriends, future mates. Affects health costs, etc.
on October 17,2012 | 11:17AM
burymeagain wrote:
And your point is .........
on October 17,2012 | 03:18PM
bobbob wrote:
and there isn't any legal activities that may be damaging to oneself or "the innocent" right?
on October 17,2012 | 04:49PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
I'm for thinking that its is wrong to release names of people that have not been convicted of the Crime, yet or at all. This is a form of punishment before any conviction. This is ALSO unfair to their Wives to reveal their addresses. The Wives also live at that address and they are not charged with the Crime. And the Children live there too. What her Husband do at a brothel should be his problem alone. She lives at that address but has done no wrong. His Age is connected to him alone but the address does NOT belong to him alone. This Judge is WRONG to give out an address that belongs to and with other people not involve to the "alleged" Crime. The Wives and Children should sue the Judge and the Police Dept. I don't believe that the Police have any witness or proof that Money changed hands or she was actually "paid". Pity.
on October 17,2012 | 12:54PM
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