Robert Kraft will reject plea deal offer — CNN source

Rex Christensen
March 20, 2019

On Tuesday, Florida prosecutors reportedly offered to drop charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the other men who got caught up in a prostitution and human trafficking sting that was focused on massage parlors in the area.

Police say they have video evidence of the National Football League owner paying for and receiving sexual acts from employees at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, on two consecutive days in January.

Citing "a source familiar with the case", CNN also reported Wednesday morning that Kraft would not take the plea deal, which authorities say is a standard offer for first-time offenders.

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has a March 28 court date in Palm Beach County, Florida, related to his solicitation of prostitution charges.

The spa had been under police surveillance since late a year ago over concerns of human trafficking and prostitution. Kraft has pleaded not guilty, and has publicly denied committing any crimes, despite law enforcement's claims of video evidence. Spokesman Mike Edmondon said the men must concede they would be found guilty, perform 100 hours community service, attend a class on the dangers of prostitution and pay $5,000 per count.

The latest development in the case is that Kraft and 14 other suspects are filing a motion for a protective order that would make it impossible for any of the evidence against them to be made public, according to TMZ. "Legally, if Kraft keeps up his part of a deal, it's like it never happened".

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