JUPITER – Robert Kraft, the owner of the six time NFL Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, was charged with soliciting prostitution in a sweeping crackdown of area massage parlors in Jupiter, Florida, as part of a wide-ranging police investigation.
Kraft was charged with two misdemeanor counts, according to a Treasure Coast Palm (TCPalm (dot) com) media site run by Gannett. The media outlet reported authorities made arrests in 10 spas in Orlando and Palm Beach County, Florida after a four month-long sting operation which began in October, 2018.
Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old Kraft hasn’t been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified. He was the only individual named by authorities who were quizzed about other famous names, including other sports figures.
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity,” a spokesman for Kraft said in a statement. “Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
The owner of the Orchids of Asia spa, Hua Zhang, 58, of Winter Garden, was arrested and charged with “deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution, keeping and frequenting a house of prostitution and 26 counts of procuring for prostitution,” according to local authorities.
Twenty-five people were arrested in the sting that included the New England Patriots team owner..
Kraft is not a resident of the state of Florida, and thus, an arrest warrant was issued related to the charges, police said. Kraft was the only “notable” name on the list of alleged participants, local police said.