What we know about the charges facing Patriots owner Robert Kraft
In a stunning announcement Friday, police in Florida said New England Patriots owner and six-time Super Bowl champion Robert Kraft is being charged with soliciting prostitution. Here’s what we know:
■ Kraft, 77, has not been arrested. He is facing charges of two misdemeanor counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., police said.
■ The charges were born out of a probe into suspected human trafficking at spas in southeastern Florida. The Associated Press reported hundreds of arrest warrants have been issued in recent days as a result of the six-month investigation, and more are expected. Ten spas have been closed, and several people have been taken into custody on sex trafficking charges.
■ A Kraft spokesperson has denied that he “engaged in any illegal activity.”
■ Kraft’s alleged misconduct was captured on video, according to police. Jupiter police Detective Andrew Sharp told reporters at a Friday press conference, “The question was, ‘Does the video contain Mr. Kraft inside receiving the alleged acts?’ The answer to that is yes.” There was video evidence for all the individuals who are being charged, according to authorities.
■ Sharp said “it appears” that customers at that spa paid $59 for a half-hour and $79 for an hour. He said Kraft, who lives in Massachusetts and has a home in the Palm Beach area, was driven to the spa by someone during two separate visits.
■ Police said an arrest warrant for Kraft, who bought the Patriots in 1994, will be issued, but it was unclear Friday afternoon when that would be. Messages left with Florida law enforcement authorities were not immediately returned.
■ In a brief statement Friday, the NFL said only that the league “is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments.” The allegations could bring sanctions from the league, which has a personal conduct policy that applies to owners, players, and other employees.