Release of Names in Prostitution Case Stirs Debate

Retired sheriff's deputy Paul Main poses in his shop at his home Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 in Alfred, Maine. Main's phone has been ringing off the hook since a person with his same name, accused of visiting a prostitute in Kennebunk, was released on Monday.

Retired sheriff's deputy Paul Main poses in his shop at his home Tuesday in Alfred, Maine.

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Clark said the situation would be different if the name of a public figure appeared.

"If the police chief is on the list, if the school superintendent on the list, I would approach those people directly and try to determine whether their actions are not just a personal moral failure but climb to the level of social, public hypocrisy," he said.

As for local residents, they're enduring a storm of media attention that won't abate anytime soon.

The Kennebunk Police Department is releasing the names of johns who've received summons on a bi-weekly activity log, meaning the release of names could continue until the end of the year. The next batch is due to be released Oct. 26.

As a former law enforcement officer, Main said releasing the names helps hold suspects accountable for their misdeeds. But, he added, the judge should modify his decision to protect those whose only connection to the case is having a common name.

"I don't want to see other people going through the same thing that I've been through," he said.

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Associated Press writers David Sharp in Portland and Glenn Adams in Augusta contributed to this report.

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