Patriots' owner Robert Kraft was formally charged on Monday with two counts of first-degree offenses for instigating a person to engage in prostitution, the County of Palm County's attorney general said. Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida.
According to loading documents (warning: graphic content), Kraft was filmed twice during sex with a woman at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. One of the alleged incidents occurred on January 20, the morning of the AFC championship game between the Patriots and the Chiefs.
According to the charges, Kraft was allegedly taken to an Orchids of Asia Day spa where a woman allegedly had oral sex with him. The act would have resulted in a payment of at least 100 dollars. Subsequently, Kraft left the spa in his Bentley.
The other alleged incident occurred the day before.
Kraft, 77, was one of 25 men indicted as a result of an October investigation into prostitution and trafficking in human beings. The Jupiter Police Department installed cameras in the spa on Jan. 17.
If he is found guilty, Kraft faces a one – year sentence of imprisonment for each charge, but these cases are usually settled by a fine and work of interest. general. He would also be required to attend a course on the dangers of prostitution and trafficking in human beings.
A subpoena to appear in the Kraft Court is scheduled for April 24.
"It's a summons, so it does not have to appear in court," told reporters Dave Aronberg, Palm Beach County Attorney, Monday.
Aronberg also wanted to point out that the women involved in the investigation were the victims.
"It's not about lonely old people or a crime without a victim," said Aronberg. "It's about allowing a network of criminals to smuggle women into our country for forced labor and sex."
The NFL issued a statement Monday clarifying its reaction to Kraft's situation.
"Our personal conduct policy applies in the same way to all NFL members," reads the statement. "We will treat this allegation in the same way as we would deal with any policy issue, and we seek to understand the facts, while ensuring that we do not interfere with an ongoing investigation. take the measures that are required, if any, based on the facts. "
The NFL's statement on Monday could be viewed as a warning from the league in anticipation of the end of the investigation, while noting at the same time that Kraft – the one most powerful owners of the league – will be held to the same standards as a player. or coach.
Kraft's punishment could largely depend on his guilt, although the NFL's policy allows him to be punished, whether found guilty or not.
Peter King, longtime insider in the NFL Sports, said in the weekly "Football Morning in America" that, if Kraft was found guilty, he risked a heavy suspension and a hefty fine that "would show that the league takes a stand against the nascent problem of trafficking … in addition to showing the public that it's not going to gair a top-level owner. "