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Jury views explicit photos in Strong trial

ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Testimony in the Kennebunk Zumba prostitution case resumed this morning.

Mark Strong is on trial, charged with 12 counts of promotion of prostitution and one count of conspiracy.

The state claims it has more than 13-thousand photos Mark Strong took using a Skype feed of Alexis Wright having sex with clients. It wanted to submit 577 of them as evidence in this case. Justice Nancy Mills said that would be unnecessary and prejudicial. She did rule however that jurors would be allowed to view some of those photos, which they did Today. Some are sexually explicit. Others reportedly show Alexis Wright and clients exchanging money.

Mark Strong is accused of managing the prostitution operation allegedly run by Wright, the other main defendant in the prostitution investigation.

The prosecutor told the judge by introducing the Skype photos the state can show that someone who was not in Kennebunk could still be actively involved in crimes that were committed there.

 This morning jurors were given a packet of text messages and e-mails between Strong and Wright. Yesterday a state police detective testified that over a period of just more than a year there were more than 25-thousand transmissions between Strong and Wright in the form of phone calls, e-mails and text messages.

Jurors heard very little evidence in the trial the past few days. Yesterday a lot of time was taken up by a hearing on motions. Today jurors spent a lot of time in the jury room reviewing the text and e-mails packets and waiting while the judges and attorneys discussed what photos would be allowed.