Robert Kraft, one of the most influential personalities of American sport, has been charged with two counts of prostitution solicitation.
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The sports magnate, 77, could theoretically be sentenced to one year in prison if convicted. However, announcing the crime charges, the County Attorney General of Palm Beach, Dave Aronberg, said that a prison sentence was unlikely for an offender for the first time.
Convicted persons also face a $ 5,000 mandatory fine and must perform 100 hours of community service and attend a course on the dangers of prostitution and human trafficking.
A spokesman for Mr. Kraft said that he categorically refuted the charges.
People march past the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. Credit: Joe Raedle / Getty
Given the fact that the charges have been characterized as an offense, Mr. Kraft will be able to send a lawyer to represent him rather than appearing in court scheduled for April 24th.
It is alleged that police surveillance videos filmed Mr. Kraft making two visits to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.
The spa was one of many massage parlors in police-targeted striptease centers across Florida as part of the crackdown on human trafficking.
"These cases do not involve any accused or any group of defendants," added Aronberg.
"The whole problem that we all face is the harsh reality that many prostitutes are themselves victims, drawn to this country with the promise of a better life, but forced to live and work in a brothel, perform sexual acts for strangers ".
Mr. Kraft, whose net worth is estimated at $ 6.6 billion, could be sanctioned by the NFL. A spokesperson said his code of conduct applies in the same way to everyone involved in the league.