New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with two counts of soliciting someone to commit prostitution, stemming from a raid in a day spa in Florida.
Kraft was picked up as part of a sting operation that has been ongoing for months. His charges are the result of ,specifically, “two different visits” to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, FL.
“Charges have been filed, but he has not been arrested,” Jupiter police spokeswoman Kristin Rightler stated.
The Patriots’ organization currently denies that Kraft has committed a crime.
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further,” a team representative said.
Kraft is one of more than 20 people being charged in the sting, and there is video evidence against “all of the individuals being charged,” police said.
Included in the evidence is video of Kraft in one of the rooms at the spa receiving “paid acts,” and of him being driven to the spa, according to Jupiter Police Chief, Daniel Kerr.
Officers involved in the sting had been wearing body cameras, and also were involved in ongoing surveillance at the business, Kerr said. Police said they wouldn’t immediately release video or documentation.
Kraft’s wife, Myra, passed away in 2011 at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer.