Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged in sex trafficking sting in Florida, denies charges

David Caplan
February 22, 2019 - 12:00 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been charged with soliciting a prostitute at the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Florida, police said Friday during a news conference. 

Kraft will be charged with "soliciting another to commit prostitution," according to Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr. He said Kraft is accused of soliciting a prostitute on at least 2 seperate occasions about "a month ago."

A spokesman for Kraft said in a statement to 1010 WINS, "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further."

And in a statement to 1010 WINS, the NFL said, "The NFL is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments."

Kraft faces two misdemeanor charges of soliciting another for prostitution and will have to appear in court. 

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Kerr said he was "stunned as everybody else" when he saw Kraft's name as a suspect.

Kraft, 77, has a home in nearby Palm Beach. His wife Myra died in 2011. 

The charges stem from an eight-month-long investigation into the activites at the spa. 

Kraft is one of 25 people who will be charged by Jupiter Police in this specific bust.

President Donald Trump, a friend of Kraft's, told reporters in the Oval Office Friday that he was "surprised" to hear of the charges against Kraft.