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Wright, of nearby Wells, has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts including prostitution and invasion of privacy for acts performed in her dance studio and in the rented office. Her business partner, insurance agent Mark Strong Sr., of Thomaston, pleaded not guilty to 59 misdemeanor counts.
Sarah Churchill, Wright's lawyer, said the media have presented a one-sided view of her client. Churchill anticipates more information about Wright's good works will make its way into the public's eye as the case proceeds to trial.
Wright lives in nearby Wells with her husband, whom she married over the summer. Both have declined to comment, as have other family members.
A lawyer who has seen the complete list of Wright's alleged clients says it contains the names of more than 150 men, some of them prominent. The 39 men who have been summoned so far on suspicion of engaging Wright's services include a former mayor and the local high school ice hockey coach.
The remaining names will trickle out for weeks to come.
As for Scherzer, he said he'd heard that there were sex videos posted online, but he said he figured what Wright did behind closed doors was her business. He knew her as an attentive mom who always had time and energy for her son. He said her husband is a contractor who has supported Wright throughout the ordeal.
Regardless of what criminal penalties she faces, she already paid a steep price when her son was removed from her care, Scherzer said.
Details of the custody case weren't available, including where her son is, but a judge on Wednesday dismissed a complaint from the boy's father -- not her husband -- seeking full custody. The father, Benjamin Hopkins, alleged she posed nude in pictures with the boy, who was partially covered with a sheet.
The judge dismissed the complaint when neither the father nor Wright showed up for a court hearing on the matter, The Portland Press Herald reported.
"She feels like she's dead right now. She's having the only thing that's important to her ripped away," said Scherzer, who's worried about his friend. "Under the circumstances, she's doing what she can, which is to not break down and go crazy and give up."
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