connectVideoProstitution sting: What legal risk does Robert Kraft’s face?
Billionaire New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered a deferred prosecution plea deal to resolve charges accusing him of paying twice for sex with a prostitute in a Florida shopping center, massage center.
The deal would allow Kraft and 24 other men charged in the Orchids of Asia Spa prostitution case in Palm Beach County for a program for first-time offenders in exchange for a confession, they would be found guilty, a prosecution spokemsan said Tuesday.
“The offer of a dpa with different circumstances to the first time offenders is standard in cases like this,” Palm Beach State Attorney David Aronberg said.
He denied a Wall Street Journal report that describes the plea offer as an “unusual deal” because it would be an admission of guilt if the case went to trial.
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Aronberg spokesman Mike Edmonson said that those who participate in the program would be required to perform 100 hours of community service, participate in a lesson about the dangers of prostitution and the payment of $5,000 per count. Kraft was charged with two points in the last month.
After completion of the program, crime requests to prostitution would fall. Edmonson said no one has accepted so far.
Kraft has denied wrongdoing.
One of his lawyers, Jack Goldberger, did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Another, William Burck, did not immediately return a call from Fox News.
Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the team has no comment.
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About 300 men have been charged and ten massage parlors closed in several provinces between Palm Beach and Orlando as part of a approach of illicit massage parlors and human trafficking. Various operators and employees have also been charged.
The police said in the court paper that Kraft, 77, was caught by a hidden camera to pay for sex on Orchids of Asia on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. Police installed the cameras as part of the research.
Hours later, Kraft was in Kansas City for a playoff game. His team won the Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots’ sixth NFL championship under his ownership.
Court papers say a lot of the employees at the massage parlors targeted in the research were forced to live in the spas and are not allowed to leave without an escort.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.