Police in Kennebunk, Maine, on Monday released the names of close to two dozen people suspected of paying to have sex with a fitness instructor at her Zumba studio.
The release came after a court ruled against a temporary restraining order to block the identities from getting out.
"The principle that court proceedings are public is essential to public confidence. If persons charged with crimes could withhold their identities, the public would not be able to monitor proceedings to observe whether justice has been done and to observe whether certain defendants may have received favored treatment," Justice Thomas Warren wrote in his decision.
A lawyer for at least one of the suspected johns, "John Doe 1," had argued against the release, saying doing so would destroy the families and careers of good men.