For some time now, the Kennebunk Zumba Sex Scandal has been the main attraction in Maine. Not boating or lobster fishing or snowstorms or seascapes, all of which this great northeastern U.S. state was once so famous for, and that made it a favorite destination for the vacationing Bush family.
In fact, these days Zumba and sex has become so completely synonymous with Kennebunk Maine it threatens to permanently overshadow the formerly sterling and distinguished reputation of this upscale coastal community of mostly politicians and fishermen.
And, rest assured, it ain't the fishermen to blame.
The pain in Maine falls mainly on the famed
The problem with prostitution is that after a while it can really begin to take a toll on a gal. Especially if, like Alexis Wright, she's also a popular Zumba dance instructor, a private eye, and, basically, the only show in town.
It can also be kind of rough on a pimp too Â— hers was just convicted on thirteen criminal counts this week and now awaits his sentencing.
Wright herself is scheduled to face the music sometime in May, barring a generous plea deal.
She, however, has been charged with over 100 criminal counts, not only related to prostituting, but to secretly filming certain prominent johns in her dance studio, both during and after hours, and for income tax evasion.
It takes two to Tango
It does take two to Tango, just as they claim, but apparently it requires 150 to properly Zumba.
That's the tally so far of wealthy male dance enthusiasts who've taken private "instruction" from pretty Alexis Wright over the past year or so, and who now deeply regret having so much fun.
Interestingly enough though, none of these high-ranking statesmen, corporate heavies, ex-mayors, or retired police officers were willing to take the witness stand this month to testify in the contentious trial of Mark Strong, Wright's busted financier, pimp, and purported former paramour.
As well, the camera shy gents continue to enjoy anonymity for the most part, including one fellow cryptically referred to only as "a cattle rancher" in the local papers and police blotter.
This, regardless of the fact that these equally guilty individuals were all formally arrested and arraigned, and despite numerous promises made by prosecutors that they'd eventually release the complete list of PI Wright's elite Zumba-Dance clientele.
Oh yeah, and Mark Strong is also a licensed private investigatorÂ…
Shake, rattle and roll
It's called a sting, and there's little doubt that the stingers got stung here, too.
A glance at Wright's ledgers reveals she earned only about $150,000 total in the operation, but, with those clandestine sex tapes she dutifully Skyped to Strong's office 100 miles away and her meticulous recordkeeping, it's more than obvious this wasn't the score the pair of professional peeps was actually chasing.
For personal gain or for political purposes, it's a much better bet we're talking about a potential blackmail scheme instead, as opposed to simply the lurid sexual curiosity of an aging entrepreneur and his enchanting and athletic young protÃ©gÃ©.
It's also plain, by how the Kennebunk Zumba Sex Scandal has been managed since it first broke last year, that we'll never quite know the true story.
In any event, today, thanks to an arctic blast, it's bitterly cold and flurrying again in Maine, once more making everything there white and pristine. In the uncommonly somber little village of Kennebunk, however, the ground is still so hot all that snow is melting.