A judge in Maine has refused to dismiss charges against the business partner of a Zumba instructor charged with running a prostitution ring from her dance studio.

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A judge in Maine has refused to dismiss charges against the business partner of a Zumba instructor charged with running a prostitution ring from her dance studio.

The judge Wednesday rejected Mark Strong Sr.’s motion to dismiss.

The Portland Press Herald ( http://bit.ly/RuvFaO) reports Strong is now scheduled to go on trial Jan. 22 on charges of promotion of prostitution, violation of privacy and conspiracy to commit those crimes.

The 57-year-old Thomaston businessman is accused of conspiring with Alexis Wright, whom authorities say ran a prostitution operation out of her Zumba studio in Kennebunk.

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Strong’s attorney filed the motion to dismiss on the grounds that authorities failed to turn over evidence to the defense as legally required; and investigators did not provide proper evidence in seeking warrants to search the studio.

Neither the defense attorney nor prosecutors commented on the decision.

Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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