The judge in the Zumba prostitution case in Kennebunk has dismissed most of the charges against the man accused of helping to run a sex-for-hire operation out of a Zumba studio in the small Maine town.

Justice Nancy Mills on Friday dismissed 46 of 59 misdemeanor counts against Mark Strong Sr., according to a report from the Associated Press.

Most of the dismissed charges were related to the state's allegations that Strong invaded the privacy of many of the alleged "johns" by playing a hand in videotaping many of the sexual encounters with Zumba instructor Alexis Wright.

Wright has pleaded not guilty to prostitution charges.

Strong has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him, contending he only helped Wright start the studio and was not aware of any prostitution.

The case rocked the picturesque town, known best for its close proximity to the summer estate of former President Geroge H. W. Bush.