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New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged With Soliciting Prostitution
Influential owner of the reigning NFL champion was charged by Jupiter, Fla., police for soliciting prostitution
By Andrew Beaton
Robert Kraft, owner of the NFL’s Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, is facing charges of soliciting prostitution, swept up in what police described as a multicity investigation into human trafficking in the South Florida spa business.
Mr. Kraft, who has a home in Palm Beach, Fla., and is among the NFL’s most influential team owners, faces two misdemeanor counts.
Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said Mr. Kraft, 77 years old, was one of 25 people being charged with solicitation in Jupiter. In recent days, others have been charged in nearby cities as part of the operation. Other police officials have described the operation as a crackdown focused on spas where workers were forced to work in poor conditions and sometimes not allowed to leave the premises.
The list of spa customers released by Jupiter police also included a man named John P. Havens, who has the same name and birthday as a senior Wall Street banker who was president at Citigroup Inc. in 2011 and 2012 and later became chairman of hedge fund Napier Park Global Capital. Records show that the former Citigroup president owns a property about 10 miles north of the Jupiter day spa. The former Citigroup president couldn’t be reached for comment.
Chief Kerr said police had been collecting video evidence of individuals entering and leaving Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where acts of prostitution allegedly occurred. Two people who run the spa were also arrested earlier this week.
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity,” a spokesman for the Patriots owner said. “Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
Mr. Kraft bought the Patriots in 1994 after amassing wealth as the chairman and chief executive officer of the Kraft Group, LLC, a privately held business that includes manufacturing, real estate and sports assets.
Detective Andrew Sharp said there was video evidence of the alleged acts for all those charged, including Mr. Kraft. Police had set up hidden cameras inside the spa parlor rooms, and the video shows Mr. Kraft allegedly engaging in the illegal acts. Detective Sharp said Mr. Kraft was driven to the spa for his visits.
Chief Kerr said authorities documented Mr. Kraft visiting the spa on two different visits. Chief Kerr said much of the evidence came directly from the business and includes surveillance police had been conducting over the last several months.