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Former high school coach acquitted in Maine prostitution trial

ALFRED, Maine, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A judge in Maine acquitted a former Kennebunk High School coach on charges of hiring a prostitute after refusing to allow the woman's client list as evidence.

Judge Roland Cole ruled that because the list was inadmissible, former hockey coach Donald Hill can go free, the Portland Herald reported Wednesday.

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Hill, 53, was one of 68 men charged with engaging Zumba instructor Alexis Wright for prostitution. His case was the first to go to trial.

"It's been a rough year," Hill said after the ruling in York County Superior Court. "It's good to finally have my day in court and get the judgment we did.

Wright, 30, is currently serving a 10-month sentence in York County Jail. Her business partner Mark Strong was sentenced to a 20-day jail term.

Authorities charged Wright ran a prostitution business out of her Zumba studio in Kennebunk and kept the names of more than 140 clients in a ledger.

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