Zumba instructor charged with prostitution in dance studio... ( but wait there's more )
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Sniffling and fighting back tears, Alexis Wright said she felt relief when police raided her business on Feb. 12, 2012, because she wanted out.
“In my eyes I’m free. I’m free from this,” she told the judge. “I have an incredible amount
of strength that I knew was in me somewhere. Now that I have the strength I want to
encourage others to come forward. I want them to know that there’s at least one person
out there who’ll believe their story, no matter how crazy it seems.”
In an odd twist to the already strange case, the defense said in a court document that
Wright became part of Strong’s private investigation firm and was manipulated into
believing she was an “operative” working for the state with the task of investigating “all
manner of sexual deviants.”
Her attorney, Sarah Churchill, said Friday that Wright, coached by Strong, thought she
was investigating sex, even as she was getting paid large sums of money by clients.
Churchill said self-deception is a coping mechanism for women involved in prostitution.
“Because of her trauma history, it makes her more easily manipulated,” she said. “As this
all unravels and charges are brought, you look back on it, like everybody does, you say
to yourself, `What was I thinking? How did I fall into this?’ You just don’t see it while you’re
in the middle of it.”
After agreeing to the plea bargain, Justice Nancy Mills had words of encouragement for
Wright. “Based on what you have to say and what I know about you from your attorney, I know
that you will succeed when you’re released and that you will prevail. I wish you success,”