What if this had happened in Payson?

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Tom Garrett 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm making my list and checking it twice.

No, I am not Santa Claus, but then neither are the police in Kennebunk, Maine, population 10,798, who just released the first 21 names out of the perhaps 150 clients of a Zumba fitness instructor who is charged with having not only found a way to put more rhumba in her Zumba, but also thought it would be good to videotape her efforts.

For weeks, people in the small town have been speculating on which of Zumba instructor Alexis Wright's clients have had their exercises recorded for posterity on the computers up there in her one room office across the street above a hair solon and flower store from the studio she opened.

Rumors that Ms. Wright was a porn star, and possible prostitute, have been bouncing around for a while, along with a lot of speculation as to who--or is that whom?--she was teaching her innovative aerobic exercises.

Rumors said that the names, when released, might include lawyers, doctors, law enforcement officials, a television personality, and other well-known people in the small town 29 miles from Portland.

Well, the names of 21 of them have just been released. No use putting them up here though. Wrong town. (Dang it! Anybody you know been to Kennebunk lately?)

What's interesting is that the charges against Ms. Wright include 106 counts of "invasion of privacy." How much would you like to bet there are men out there in Maine who are down at police headquarters saying, "Hey, chief. You don't need to charge her with invasion of my privacy. I'm willing to let it go, so just scratch my name off the list. Okay?"

I don't know about that, though. Might be a tough job. Police have gathered up more than 100 hours of video and nearly 14,000 screen shots from seized computers. It would be a lot of work to go through all that tape and pick out the guys who don't want to prosecute.

Can you imagine what it would be like around here right now if this had happened in Payson?

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Pat Randall 1 year, 5 months ago

Isn't Kennebunk where Pres. George Bush had a summer home?

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Pat Randall 1 year, 5 months ago

What is the difference in a man taking a woman to dinner and the theater then going home to bed with her, or just giving her money and going to bed with her?

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Tom Garrett 1 year, 5 months ago

"Isn't Kennebunk where Pres. George Bush had a summer home?"

Don't know. Could be.

Anyway, he's too old for Zumba.

What is the difference in a man taking a woman to dinner and the theater then going home to bed with her, or just giving her money and going to bed with her?

Depending on the quality of the restaurant and whether or not by theater you mean movie house of the-ay-ter, I 'd say fifty to a hundred bucks. :-)

Actually, the difference is simple: The reason they are going to be bed.

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Pat Randall 1 year, 5 months ago

Seems to me they are going to bed for the same reason whether the payment is dinner and theater or cash.

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John Lemon 1 year, 5 months ago

Tom; Kennebunk is a separate town just a short distance from Kennebunkport, where the Bush's have a summer home. 2. I agree with your statement that the difference between the two scenarios is "the reason they are going to bed". It could be the difference between starting the evening with the idea that one will trade sex for dinner/movie and starting the evening with the idea that one will have dinner/movie and see how things develope. A 'contract' between the two people changes the relationship from romance to a barter.

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Pat Randall 1 year, 5 months ago

John, Thanks for the information on the two towns. Must be confusing.

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Tom Garrett 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks, John. I'd have looked that up but I am as deep in Maine lore as I want to get at the moment, having had to sort out in my mind the Kennebec River in Maine, which I had never seen, from the Kennebunk River, which I had seen one time when I was young. I hadn't a clue that there was more than one Kennebunk or two rivers with such similar names, and I'm looking at Benedict Arnold nutcase attack on Quebec (there's another bec!) through Maine.

What's with Maine and "kenne" away? They run out of names?

I checked the meaning of kenne in German. It means "know." I've seen that in Scots, haven't you? As in "I did na ken that."

And when I entered kenne as a search term I got all kinds of nutty things. Here's just one of them.

"Cleverly, John, signed the Kenne- bec petition, 198. Cliford, William, signed Wiscasset. Cusens, Robard, signed Kenne- bunk petition, 65. ebooksread.com/authors-eng/james-phinney-baxter/the-ba.."

Don't ask me what the hey all that means. :-)

Again, thanks.

As to a night out, or in, according to how you think of it, I agree with you. Depends on intent, doesn't it?

Pat,

Maybe you were confused by the "bunk" in Kennebunk. :-)

And if you want to see a mess just enter "kenne" as a search term and see how many news sites have looked at that that Kennebunk story about the hooker, and jumped right on the "bunk" in Kennebunk.

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Tom Garrett 1 year, 5 months ago

Since it's a story about a list of 150 people in a small town the size of Payson, I thought you might enjoy an update on this. To get started, I'll just quote the beginnings of a few sentences:

"Superior Court Justice..."

"The superintendent of schools..."

"The landlord who rented the office space..."

"Prosecutors..."

"Police...

"A judge..."

"The lawyer..."

My! My! Lawyers do it. Prosecutors do it. Politicians do it. It looks like a lot of people do it. And it just ain't right!

What's is "it?"

Taking comments out of context.

Huh?

Here's the "rest of the story":

"Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren on Monday denied a motion seeking to block disclosure of the names."

"The superintendent of schools issued a memo to teachers and staff last week, instructing them to be on the lookout for students who have relatives on the list of names and may be teased or have trouble coping."

"The landlord who rented the office space to Wright told investigators one of his tenants sometimes heard "moaning and groaning" coming from Wright's office, the affidavit said."

"Prosecutors haven't detailed why Wright was videotaping her encounters, but they gathered more than 100 hours of video and nearly 14,000 screen shots from seized computers, Deputy District Attorney Justina McGettigan said."

"Police have begun issuing summons to Wright's customers and will release the names in the weeks ahead."

"A judge ordered the release of names without ages or addresses, so it was not immediately clear their occupations and roles in the community, if any."

"The lawyer, Stephen Schwartz, said releasing the names will ruin people's lives, even if they're acquitted of the misdemeanor charges against them."

Naturally, I wouldn't for one minute believe that you were thinking anything else when you read the beginnings of those sentences. But I'll bet I got your attention for a minute there. :-)

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Pat Randall 1 year, 5 months ago

Remember not to long ago when they closed a massage parlor near the Small Cafe because they were doing more than massages?

150 men in Payson, I could probably name at least 25 of them with not much thought. (: Some from when I was growing up here and some I've met since I moved back in 1993.

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Tom Garrett 1 year, 5 months ago

"150 men in Payson, I could probably name at least 25 of them with not much thought."

Let me guess.

Oh, no. Not about that.

Just about whether or not they're holding their breath right now. :-)

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Tom Garrett 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Thought you folks might like to know the final outcome of all this.

I always keep tabs on things like this, searching the not for a result, but most of the time a result is not forthcoming.

However this time we got lucky, and the result is something worth considering too.

I'll include the whole first paragraph to bring you up to date--and the results, of course.

"A Zumba fitness instructor at the center of a prostitution scandal featuring sex videos, adultery and more than 100 clients told a judge who sentenced her Friday to 10 months in jail that she's happy to have escaped her former life.

Speaking through tears, Alexis Wright said she felt relief when police raided her business on Feb. 12, 2012, because she wanted out.

'In my eyes I'm free. I'm free from this,' she told the judge. 'I have an incredible amount of strength that I knew was in me somewhere. Now that I have the strength I want to encourage others to come forward. I want them to know that there's at least one person out there who'll believe their story, no matter how crazy it seems.'

The former single mother was accused of conspiring with insurance business owner Mark Strong to run a prostitution business in which she videotaped clients without their knowledge and kept detailed records over an 18-month period indicating she made $150,000 tax-free. She also collected more than $40,000 in public assistance.

--At this point in the story I left out three tons of BS.--

Her co-conspirator, Mark Strong, 57, of Thomaston, was convicted of 13 counts related to promotion of prostitution and was sentenced to 20 days in jail. The married father of two, who has acknowledged having an affair with Wright, was originally charged with 59 counts."

One last note: "Prosecutors say paid sex happened in her Kennebunk studio, apartment and an office, where tenants complained about moaning and groaning."

Yes, I can understand that. The prices she charged were very high. :-)

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Kim Chittick 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm perplexed...why did she get 10 months and he got 20 days???

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Susan Daniels 10 months, 3 weeks ago

My guess, Kim, is that the woman actually did the deed.

I love the comment "tenants complained about moaning and groaning." Is this now a reportable offense?? j/k

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Pat Randall 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Old age is hell. I don't remember any of the above. Now that being said, why are the men not prosecuted and spend as much time in jail as the prostitutes? It isn't a one person crime. If the men weren't buying the women wouldn't be selling. The buyer of drugs are prosecuted the same as the sellers. Right?

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Tom Garrett 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Kim,

He was a businessman. It is tradiional to give white collar crime one tenth of one percent of the deserevd punishment.

As to the moaning and groaning, there's an Arizona ordinance re that. It's left over from the Napoleonic Code that some Arizona law came from: AZ 23.442 (5) (a) "Calembours plus considerablement que d'habituel (puns of greater than usual) distress, agony, torment, or torture originatiing with "les front parlant stupide de personnes." **

"...why are the men not prosecuted and spend as much time in jail as the prostitutes?"

Because they aren't making a profit by breaking a law, thereby living a life of crime. ****

"The buyer of drugs are prosecuted the same as the sellers. Right?"

Wrong, actually. Same reason.

** Talking heads. it's a good law.


Besides, it's Biblical. It is more blessed to give than to receive. :-)

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Pat Randall 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Men made all the stupid laws before women were allowed vote!

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Kim Chittick 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Exactly Pat!!!

I thought that I read somewhere that the businessman received a share of the profits. If that is the case, isn't that pimping or pandering? And wasn't he part of the whole scheme? The video-ing and record-keeping?

I do recognize that the woman is the one who "actually did the deed." However, when there are prostitutes on the street, if their pimp is caught, he is usually charged as well. Furthermore, in law enforcement, they always are trying to get to "the top dog", the "big boss", the financier; who may never actually commit a crime other than providing the financing to buy the drugs, or guns or people, but whose actions enable or force others to break the law. Seems to me that is exactly what this "businessman" did. Also, didn't I read that he was also her "boyfriend"? Classy guy.

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Tom Garrett 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Wrong, Pat.

Men are still making stupid laws. :-)

Kim,

I wondered about that myself. I think the answer may lie in one word. He was a "local" businessman. And it may be that his lawyer got there first with a plea bargain (EG: deal).

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Pat Randall 10 months, 3 weeks ago

ONCE AGAIN PLEA BARGAINS SHOULD BE THROWN OUT. If you are arrested for something that is what you should be judged on. Not two attorneys saying well if you admit to this we will drop the other charge. What a bunch of crap. Either you did something wrong and were charged with it and should be judged on it or throw it out. Not bring something entirely different into the system. Depends on how much money you have to pay an attorney, doesn't mean you didn't do what you were charged with. I have seen it happen so many times. Especially here in Payson.

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Tom Garrett 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Pat,

I'm inclined to agree with you. All too often the threat of some higher charge which could not be proven is used to sucker someone into agreeing to a lesser charge. And the system is used to lower charges on people of "importance" while the poor slob in the street gets his backside kicked.

And you're right about the system being more abused the lower in it you go. At the federal level--I'm speaking of the very top--charges are often not made because the evaluation is that a well-informed jury would not find the party guilty.

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robbin flowers 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Lady Justice, Where did you go? Come back! Maybe the supreme court and congress broke her for good.

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Tom Garrett 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I might go along with putting Congress in that category, but not the Supreme Court.

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