Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Patriots owner Kraft offered plea deal in prostitution case

Patriots owner Kraft offered plea deal in prostitution case

Kraft pleaded not guilty to the two misdemeanor charges.

Tuesday, news broke that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft would be offered a plea deal by Florida prosecutors in the case against him for alleged prostitution solicitation at a day spa in Jupiter, Florida.

CNN is reporting Wednesday morning that Kraft will not accept the deal.

Prosecutors reportedly offered to drop the misdemeanor charges if Kraft agreed to a fine, community service and an admission of guilt.

That stipulation is a "non-starter" for Kraft, sources told ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn. His arraignment is scheduled for March 28. The allegations arose after Kraft was allegedly seen on camera soliciting prostitution on two separate occasions.

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Kraft is said to have visited the Day Spa twice to receive paid sexual acts, even on the same day as his New England Patriots got set to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game.

The charges came in a police sting that law enforcement said was aimed at stopping human trafficking through massage parlors in Florida.

While reports indicate that Kraft has no intention of taking the current plea deal from prosecutors, that does not mean another deal couldn't reached later on.

ESPN also reported that a letter signed by 19 survivors of sexual abuse and 60 organizations dedicated to fighting sexual exploitation was sent to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday.

The latest development in the case is that Kraft and 14 other suspects are filing a motion for a protective order that would make it impossible for any of the evidence against them to be made public, according to TMZ.

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