Secretly taping johns is not a privacy violation, state’s top court says
Posted Feb 20, 2013 6:59 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Maine’s top court has upheld the dismissal of 46 charges against a businessman accused of taping a prostitute’s sexual encounters, holding that the johns have no reasonable expectation of privacy under a state law banning recording in private places.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court dismissed the invasion of privacy charges against Mark Strong in a decision (PDF) on Friday. He was accused of videotaping people who paid to have sex with dance instructor Alexis Wright, who his was his business partner in a Zumba dance studio in Kennebunk. He still faces accusations that he promoted prostitution.
“Places of prostitution and people who knowingly frequent them to engage a prostitute are not sanctioned by society,” the court said. “Accordingly, it is objectively unreasonable for a person who knowingly enters a place of prostitution for the purpose of engaging a prostitute to expect that society recognizes a right to be safe from surveillance while inside.”