Presby said she realized her police department needed help after search warrants were executed Feb. 14, 2012, on Wright’s office and studio in Kennebunk and her home in Wells.
State police, the Secret Service, postal inspectors, Internal Revenue Service, Maine Revenue Services and other agencies eventually responded to her request for assistance.
But what Presby thought might be a large prostitution operation ended up involving only one prostitute, she said.
Among the items seized during last year’s Valentine’s Day raid were a gold badge and Wright’s state identification as an assistant investigator, both of which were found in her purse.
Strong’s lawyers say Wright studied under Strong to become a private investigator. But a state police spokesman said Friday that licensed private investigators aren’t allowed to carry badges.
The defense contends Strong was unfairly targeted because he was investigating alleged unprofessional conduct by Presby, who was reprimanded for having an affair with her boss, and other officers in the police department.
Questioned by the defense, Presby acknowledged recovering a yellow legal pad from Strong’s desktop in Thomaston with notes about her and other members of the department. She also was questioned about a hard drive that ended up in her possession and contained no data when it arrived two days later at the state police computer lab. The defense has suggested that the blank drive could have contained Strong’s investigatory files.
The trial continues Monday.