Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered plea deal in prostitution case

Jim Davis  Globe staff		Robert Kraft

Kraft was among hundreds of men charged for soliciting prostitution in Florida last month.

Under the terms of the reported deferred prosecution agreement, Kraft would be screened for sexually transmitted diseased, complete a class on prostitution, finish 100 hours of community service, and pay some court costs from the case.

It's unclear if the plea deal will be accepted by Kraft or any of the other 24 men who were arrested, the Palm Beach Post noted.

In the wake of the bust hitting the news, a spokesperson "categorically denied" any wrongdoing on the part of Kraft. The Patriots owner pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation.

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The men have been offered to get their charges dropped in exchange for pretrial diversion, or "a series of conditions a defendant has to meet within a certain time period", said Michael Edmondson, spokesman for the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office.

In return, the charges of soliciting prostitution would be dropped. Several operators and employees have also been charged.

Police say Kraft twice visited the Orchid of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, where he paid for sex acts. Judges then issued warrants allowing them to secretly install cameras inside the spas to record what transpired. He allegedly visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa on January 19 and January 20, and during both visits, paying for sex acts by a woman. A spokesman for the New England Patriots did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kraft, a friend and supporter of President Donald Trump, could face discipline from the National Football League under a policy that applies to team owners and prohibits "conduct detrimental to the integrity" of the NFL. Numerous women are originally from China, were forced to live in the spas and were not allowed to leave without an escort, according to investigators.

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