New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been named in a Florida prostitution and sex trafficking ring.
Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said Kraft was among the individuals caught at a “spa”, and was charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.
Kraft is being charged with two counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution based on two separate visits.
He is one of 25 people who will be charged by Jupiter Police as part of a 6 month long investigation.
Police say they have not had contact with Kraft but an arrest warrant has been issued. The offense carries a jail sentence of up to 60 days for a first offense.
“He is one of the individuals. That would be Mr. Robert Kraft,” a top police official said. “He is being charged with the same offense as the others, and that is soliciting another to commit prostitution,” the official added.
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Robert Kraft’s spokesman released the following statement:
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in the area surrounding Palm Beach County.
About 200 arrest warrants have been issued in the past few days and more are expected.
Police said they secretly planted undercover cameras in targeted massage parlors and videotaped the interactions between men and the female employees.
The news comes a few weeks after the Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl and a few days after Kraft appeared at the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte.
The NFL released the following statement:
“The NFL is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments.”
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