The New England Patriots owner, who earlier this month won a Super Bowl title, has been charged in Florida
On Friday, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with two counts of misdemeanor prostitution solicitation according to the Jupiter Police Department. Kristen Rightler, a spokeswoman for the police department, commented on Kraft’s status.
“Charges have been filed, but he has not been arrested,” Rightler said.
Kraft, 77, was found to have been soliciting and receiving sexual services out of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa located in Jupiter, Florida. According to an ESPN article, Kraft was discovered through a sting operation that the local police department had been orchestrating to crack down on sex trafficking in the area.
“The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking from Palm Beach to Orlando. Hundreds of arrest warrants have been issued in recent days as a result of a six-month investigation and more are expected. Ten spas have been closed and several people charged with sex trafficking have been taken into custody,” the article said.
Police said Kraft was seen paying for sexual services twice through video surveillance set up by local law enforcement. There is also evidence of Kraft receiving these services and even proof of him being driven to the spa.
According to CNN, Kraft is just one of over 20 people that have been arrested as a result of this sting operation.
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further,” a spokesperson for Kraft said.
The NFL is tracking the situation, according to Brian McCarthy, a spokesperson for the NFL.
“The NFL is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments,” McCarthy said.
This misdemeanor likely won’t land Kraft any prison time, according to attorney David Weinstein, a former prosecutor.
“Most people charged for the first time with soliciting a prostitute in Florida are allowed to enter a diversion program,” Weinstein said in the article. “Kraft would have to perform 100 hours of community service and pay to attend an educational program about the negative effects of prostitution and human trafficking.”
Kraft, who is worth an estimated $6.6 billion, has been the owner of the New England Patriots since 1994. Under his ownership, the team has won six Super Bowls including one earlier this month against the Los Angeles Rams. He is responsible for the creation of the unstoppable Bill Belichick and Tom Brady duo.
Kraft is also the CEO of The Kraft Group, a holding company for a multitude of businesses and another professional sports franchise, the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.