JUPITER, Fla. – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is among dozens of men recently swept up as part of a sex trafficking sting targeting a Palm Beach County day spa, authorities said.
Kraft, 77, is charged with two counts of soliciting a prostitute, Jupiter Police Chief Robert Kerr said at a Friday morning news conference. The charges are linked to a months-long sex trafficking probe.
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The sting operation was focused on Orchids of Asia Day Spa. As WPTV’s Erica Rakow reports, police said they have “video evidence” showing Kraft and other men engaged in “sexual acts” at the spa.
Chief Kerr said Kraft, who owns a home in Palm Beach, visited the day spa on two separate occasions and was driven to the business both times, according to a report from our sister station WPLG.
#BREAKING: Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, is accused of being involved in sex trafficking sting in Jupiter— Erica Rakow (@EricaRakow) February 22, 2019
As NBC News reports, a Kraft spokesperson has released a statement in response to the charges. "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity," the statement said in part.
A spokesperson for Robert Kraft has released the following statement:— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) February 22, 2019
"We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”