Zumba Sex Scandal: Locals Irate That Names Were Released In ‘Shoddy’ Manner

Kenneburk, ME – Paul Main was having a quiet evening at his Kenneburk home when his phone started ringing. When television reporters showed up on his doorstep, Main realized that he’d been unwittingly pulled into local scandal.

Reporters wanted to know if Main was the same Paul Main who’s name was on the list of clients who paid Zumba instructor Alexis Wright for sex.

He wasn’t.

A list of clients who visited the 29-year-old Zumba instructor and paid for sex was released on Monday. A man named Paul Main was one of the 150 men listed. Paul Main, a retired spokesman and head of the detective division for the New York County Sheriff’s Department, was not on the list, and reported to NBC News, “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.”

On Monday, the list of Wright’s alleged clients was released to the public, but the judge ruled that state law required that the ages and addresses be “kept confidential because the alleged sexual encounters may have been videotaped, making the men potential victims of privacy invasion.” By Tuesday, however, Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren reversed his decision, and police re-released the names, along with ages and addresses.

The revised list included James Soule, a former South Portland Mayor. Other suspected clients — all charged with prostitution — come from more than a dozen towns in Maine as well as one from Boston and another from New Hampshire. The men range from ages 34 to 65.