Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution
When the news came Friday that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft had been charged with soliciting sex at a spa in Jupiter, Fla., police said he made two visits to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.
On Monday, court documents say Kraft was at the spa fewer than eight hours before the AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Chiefs on Jan. 20 at Arrowhead Stadium.
New England won 37-31 in overtime and advanced to Super Bowl LIII, which it also won.
Palm Beach County state attorney Dave Aronberg has charged Kraft with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution. Aronberg said Kraft will be issued a summons that is similar to a traffic ticket and assigned a day to appear in court. Most people charged for the first time with soliciting are eligible for a diversion program where they pay a small fine, perform 100 hours of community service and attend a class where they learn about the dangers of prostitution and how it is often tied to human trafficking.
Kraft is one of hundreds of men charged in recent days as part of a crackdown on prostitution occurring in massage parlors between Palm Beach and Orlando. Ten spas have been closed.
After his alleged visit to the spa, Kraft was at Arrowhead at least an hour before kickoff, walking down the sidelines.
The Associated Press contributed to this report