Patriots owner Kraft offered plea deal in prostitution case

Arnold Nichols
March 21, 2019

Trump-loving New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being offered a deal in which Florida prosecutors drop solicitation charges against him - but only if he admits that he would have been found guilty had his case been taken to court.

Kraft's deal offer was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Quinn also notes Kraft had two goals: getting as much distance as possible from any trafficking allegations, and keeping the video evidence sealed.

The former federal prosecutor who helped negotiate that deal for the state, Alexander Acosta, was nominated as USA secretary of labor by President Trump (an acquaintance of Epstein).

Commonly known as pretrial diversion or deferred prosecution, the offer is regular practice in cases such as this, involving nonviolent charges and defendants without criminal records, according to Mike Edmondson, spokesperson for the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office.

Kraft's lawyers did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

Kraft has since been charged with two misdemeanors of soliciting others to commit prostitution.

Kraft is one of 25 people who were charged in Palm Beach County with soliciting prostitution, a charge with a maximum sentence one year in jail if a person is convicted. The case against Kraft is scheduled for a March 28 hearing. The documents said numerous workers were forced to live at the spas and were not allowed to leave without an escort.

Kraft, 77, a businessman who built the Patriots into the NFL's most dominant franchise, was charged following a police sting targeting sex-trafficking in day spas and massage parlors. Authorities observed the houses of ill repute for 10 months and gathered intel by grilling patrons at traffic stops once they left the spas - then obtained warrants to install cameras in rubdown rooms.

Police said Kraft visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, twice in late January just before he flew to Kansas City to see the Patriots defeat the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game.

Kraft purchased the Patriots in 1994 and owns a property in Palm Beach.

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