An insurance agent in Maine was convicted last Wednesday on charges that he ran a prostitution operation out of a Zumba instructor's studio.
A jury found Mark Strong guilty on all 13 counts—12 of promoting prostitution and one of conspiracy—after 4 1/2 hours of deliberations. The verdict was the conclusion of a two-week trial.
"There will be some hearts that need mending," Strong said after the verdict was read, according to a report by SeacoastOnline.com.
Strong controlled, supervised and managed the prostitution business and watched the sex acts live via Skype from his office 100 miles away, prosecutors contended during the trial.
Strong, who was released on personal recognizance, will be sentenced March 19. He could be sentenced to up to 13 years in prison for the 13 misdemeanor counts, but attorneys said consecutive sentences are unlikely given that Strong had no criminal record, The Associated Press reported.
The Zumba instructor, Alexis Wright, who is facing 106 counts separately, is scheduled to stand trial in May. Wright is involved in settlement negotiations today.
Strong and Wright pleaded not guilty to charges last October. According to court records made public last year, the two set up the prostitution business in October 2010 in Kennebunk, ME. Police said the prostitution business was active through February 2012, generating an income of more than $150,000 and involving more than 150 clients.
Strong, who is married, acknowledged having an affair with Wright and helping her open the studio but said he did not profit from her prostitution, The Associated Press reported.