Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with Solicitation of Prostitution in Florida.
According to multiple sources with the Associated Press Kraft is facing the charges of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution. This after he police say he was twice videotaped allegedly paying for a sex act at an illicit massage parlor.
Jupiter police told reporters the 77-year-old Kraft hasn’t been arrested.
A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified. Kraft has denied wrongdoing.
Police said details about the charges against Kraft will not be released until next week.
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 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.
Police said they secretly planted undercover cameras in targeted massage parlors and recorded the interactions between men and the female employees.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Kraft said they “categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
The Patriots won the Super Bowl earlier in Atlanta this month over the Los Angeles Rams, their sixth in the past 18 seasons, making them the most successful team in pro sports during that span. In four other seasons, they made the Super Bowl.
Jupiter police Chief Daniel Kerr said he was shocked to learn that Kraft, who is worth $6 billion, was paying for sex inside a strip-mall massage parlor, the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.
“We are as equally stunned as everyone else,” Kerr said.
The Palm Beach County state attorney’s office, which would prosecute the case, had no comment.