New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, was charged Friday on two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection to a recent law enforcement bust on massage parlors in Florida that, according to law enforcement, were used for prostitution and human trafficking.
The Vero Beach Police Department Special Investigations Unit, @PoliceSebastian Criminal Investigations Unit, and @IRCSheriff Vice Unit has been conducting a criminal investigation into multiple massage parlor locations pic.twitter.com/X8SSuuhMuO
— Vero Beach Police (@VeroBeachPD) February 19, 2019
In a press conference Friday morning, Jupiter Police chief Daniel Kerr said Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution, and that a warrant for his arrest is with the state’s attorney’s office and will be sent to Kraft’s home in Massachusetts.
Kerr said there is video evidence of Kraft involved in sex acts in a massage parlor on two occasions. Twenty-five people total were charged with soliciting prostitution at the Orchids of Asia spa in Jupiter.
Answering a questions about the fees at Orchids of Asia, Jupiter Police Detective Andrew Sharp, the lead detective on the case, said the fee for 30 minutes was $59 dollars, or $79 for an hour. He did not specify what Kraft paid. He said Kraft was driven to the parlor.
According to TCPalm.com, the investigation shut down spas that ran from Palm Beach County to Orange County. Of those 10, half were in Indian River County. Speaking about the cases out of Indian River, police said that the women lived at the spas and worked as prostitutes.
You can watch the Vero Beach Police Department’s video on the bust below.
Here is the complete press conference from today concerning Human Trafficking and Prostitution that occured in Indian River County.https://t.co/AhyaCc7ySO
— Vero Beach Police (@VeroBeachPD) February 21, 2019
The news comes a few weeks after the Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl, and days after Kraft appeared at the NBA All-Star Game.