An insurance agent was sentenced to 20 days in jail for his role in a large-scale prostitution operation housed in a Zumba studio in the scenic beach community of Kennebunk, Maine, officials said Thursday.
The Zumba prostitution case attracted national, even international, media attention because of its size. It attracted more than 150 clients, some prominent, in the town of about 10,000. Many of the details, including the sale of sex in a fitness studio and the filming of some of the encounters, rattled the bucolic town, down the road from the Bush family compound.
Mark Strong Sr., 57, was sentenced to 20 days in jail and a fine of $3,000, a court clerk told the Los Angeles Times by telephone. Strong was convicted earlier this month of several counts of promoting prostitution and one count of conspiracy.
Before sentencing, Strong apologized.
“I guess I'm the only one who can know the remorse that I have. I do apologize for each of my selfish actions and the harm that I have caused many. Most importantly I want to apologize to my wife, my two sons and my entire family because I've caused so much hurt in so many ways, emotionally, physically and financially,” he said, his voice choking, according to the Associated Press report from the courtroom.