connectVideoNew England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is charged with soliciting of prostitution in Florida
Robert Kraft’s spokesperson denies that he is involved in illegal activities; Molly Line reports.
NFL owner Robert Kraft is not the only notable name snagged in a Florida prostitution bust.
The sweeping sex sting also nabbed an ex-Citigroup president and president of a Florida Boys and Girls Club, according to reports.
At the same time, WPEC-TV reported Friday that the probe also nabbed three former law enforcement officials in Indian River County.
Bloomberg News on Friday with the name John Havens, Citigroup’s former president and chief operating officer, as one of those caught up in prostitution probe in Palm Beach County.
John Havens, Citigroup’s president and COO, has been named as one of those in the prostitution probe in Palm Beach County.
The names of Ports and Kraft were on a list of the 25 men facing the charges of soliciting prostitution on one of Jupiter, Fla., massage parlor called Orchids of Asia, according to the news outlet.
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“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” said a man who answered the listed phone number for the Ports, Bloomberg News reported. The man then hung up, and additional calls are not answered.
The list released by the police matches the Ports’ date of birth, the news outlet reported.
Ports, 62, resigned as Citigroup president in 2012 after a short tenure. He is now chairman of Citigroup, former hedge-fund arm, Napier Park Global Capital and member of the board of Money360, a commercial real estate lender, Bloomberg reported.
People gather in front of the Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, is facing the charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice recorded on video in a sex act on Orchids of Asia, according to police.
The 77-year-old Kraft denied any wrongdoing.
Also arrested in the long probe involving massage parlors in three Florida counties was Kenneth Wessel, the 75-year-old chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County and the John’s Island Foundation, Treasure Coast Newspapers reported Friday.
Wessel, of Vero Beach, was Wednesday arrested on soliciting prostitution charges and released on $1,000 bond.
He was one of 173 people nabbed in the prostitution probe in Indian River County.
Mugshot for Kenneth Wessel. Wessel, 75, is the chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County and the John’s Island Foundation
(The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office )
Treasure Coast newspapers reported on the search for comments of the Indian River County Boys and Girls Club, which provides after-school activities for children and the John’s Island Foundation, which provides grants to local non-profit organizations.
Court records accuse Wessel of engaging in a sexual act with a woman at a place called East Spa in Vero Beach on Dec. 2, 2018.
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A call from Fox News Saturday seeking comment from a lawyer listed Wessel in the court documents was not immediately returned.
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The three ex-law enforcement officials who are facing charges in sex probe were Scott Taylor, 70, a former deputy with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, Charles Thompson, 67, a former Vero Beach cop and Vito Gioia, 54, a former Sebastian cop, WPEC reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.