The Zumba prostitution scandal that has rocked the quaint town of Kennebunk, Maine, now has led the high school hockey coach to resign.
Longtime Kennebunk High School hockey coach Donald Hill quit Tuesday, the same day the Kennebunk Police Department released 21 names among the more than 150 alleged johns, Superintendent Andrew Dolloff told the Associated Press Wednesday.
Hill’s name was on the list of alleged clients of Zumba instructor Alexis Wright, who is accused of using her Kennebunk Zumba studio to have sex with men for money. A list of the 21 alleged Zumba prostitution scandal johns, which includes former South Portland Mayor James Soule, can be found here.
Hill reportedly told Dolloff he would not be renewing his contract to coach the Kennebunk High School hockey team due to “personal reasons,” the AP reported.
Wright, 29, was charged with 106 counts of prostitution. Her more than 150 alleged clients, from Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well as Maine, range in age from 34 to 65.
Her business partner, Mark Strong, is accused of booking clients on Wright’s behalf. He denied the allegations in a statement to the media.
“The charges against me are untrue,” said Strong, 57. “I will be vindicated in a jury trial."
Wright allegedly made $150,000 through prostitution, police said, and ran the sex-for-money service out of her Pura Vida Studio for 18 months.
A Maine judge initially decided to release only the names of the alleged johns, but expanded his ruling to include their addresses after the Portland Press Herald argued that just releasing names could harm innocent people with the same names.
"The fact is that by releasing names only, you're getting a lot of false positives. You're implicating people who may be completely innocent and simply share the same or similar names with people charged, and that's a real harm," the newspaper’s attorney, Sigmund Schutz, told the AP.
Paul Main of Alfred, Maine, was one of those people Schutz was alluding to. A man with the same name is on the list.
Main, a retired sheriff’s deputy, said he’s been fighting for two days to clear his name.
"I don't have a problem with releasing names. I think it's a wonderful thing, but I'll be darned if it's right to do it in a shoddy manner,” he said.