Ex-coach thought he was dating Zumba prostitute

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — The first man to go trial on charges that he patronized a Maine prostitute who worked out of her Zumba dance studio says he thought he was engaged in a romance.

Former Kennebunk High School hockey coach Donald Hill has pleaded not guilty to a single misdemeanor charge.

A judge ruled Thursday that the woman, Alexis Wright, doesn’t have to answer prosecutors’ questions in Hill’s trial.

Prosecutors wanted Wright to testify but Wright declined under oath to answer questions about him.

Wright is serving a 10-month sentence for prostitution and other charges. Hill is the first alleged client to go to trial. So far, 68 people have been charged with paying for sex. At least 58 others have pleaded guilty.

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