So who are the key players leading the human trafficking probe in Florida that resulted in Patriots owner Robert Kraft being charged with two misdemeanor solicitation counts for allegedly buying sexual favors at a Jupiter, Fla. spa in January?
Here’s a primer on the Florida lawmen who ensnared Kraft and a slew of other suspects with hidden cameras inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa and elsewhere. Kraft, through a spokesman, has denied engaging in illegal activity.
State Attorney Dave Aronberg — The top prosecutor for Palm Beach County, Aronberg’s office is pursuing misdemeanor counts against Kraft and two dozen other men charged in connection with the Orchids probe, which authorities have linked to a larger human trafficking ring spanning multiple Florida counties.
Aronberg’s a Miami native who attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and he served previously as a Florida legislator and special prosecutor for prescription drug trafficking in his home state, according to his official biography.
He made unflattering headlines in 2017 when he and his then-wife, former Dolphins cheerleader and PR pro Lynn Aronberg, announced their divorce after less than two years of marriage. Lynn Aronberg, a Republican supporter of President Trump, cited political differences with Dave, a Democrat, as a factor in the breakdown of their relationship, the Washington Post reported.
Jupiter police Detective Andrew Sharp — Sharp was the lead detective overseeing the sting operation at the Orchids spa.
He had a few striking quotes during a news conference last week, when he asserted that police have video evidence against Kraft and the other alleged customers.
“The question was, does the video contain Mr. Kraft inside receiving the alleged acts? The answer to that is yes,” Sharp told a group of stunned reporters.
Jupiter Police Chief Daniel J. Kerr —
Kerr also briefed reporters about the investigation and said local cops were “as equally stunned as everybody else” by the high-profile names linked to alleged prostitution at the Orchids spa.
Kerr cut his teeth in law enforcement in Virginia, where he served as an officer in the Fairfax County Police Department, eventually climbing the ladder to the rank of major, according to his official biography.
After a two-decade run in Fairfax County, Kerr served for five years as chief of the Vienna, Va. Police Department and 12 years at the helm of the Winter Springs, Fla. force, the bio said. He came on the job in Jupiter as a deputy chief in 2009 and took over the top post last year.
Kerr, who holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from American University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix, is “honored to be the Chief of Police and a resident of one of the safest towns in Palm Beach County,” his bio said.
Martin County Sheriff William D. Synder — Synder’s a point man on the larger human trafficking probe that spans not only the Orchids spa in Jupiter but a number of other parlors in multiple counties, leading to charges against hundreds of suspects.
“The story is not Bob Kraft,” Snyder told the Globe in a recent phone interview. “The story is that dozens of women in Southeast Florida along the Treasure Coast are living in rudimentary living conditions and being coerced into acts of sexual conduct.”
Synder was reelected to a second term as sheriff in 2016 and previously served in the Miami-Dade Police Department for more than 20 years, according to his biography.