Patriots owner Robert Kraft pleads not guilty to solicitation of prostitution

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, through a spokesman, immediately denied that he engaged in any illegal activity after he was charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution last week.

Kraft backed that up by pleading not guilty to the charge in court, according to the Associated Press.

Kraft’s attorney Jack Goldberger filed the written plea, according to the AP, in Palm Beach County court documents. Kraft faces two charges and requested a non-jury trial, the AP said.

Kraft is one of 25 men charged in the prostitution and human trafficking sting at a Jupiter, Fla., massage parlor. He was charged as part of a sting aimed at breaking up an alleged prostitution and sex-trafficking ring at massage parlors in central Florida.

According to a probable cause affidavit from prosecutors in Palm Beach County, Kraft visited the parlor on Jan. 20, the day the Patriots played the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC championship game. The affidavit says there is a surveillance video of Kraft inside a room at the parlor engaging in a sexual act with a woman. The affidavit said video shows Kraft paying at the front desk before going to the room, and giving the woman in the room a $100 bill and at least one other bill.

The NFL has not said if Kraft will be punished under its personal conduct policy.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft pleaded not guilty to two charges of solicitation of prostitution. (AP)
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft pleaded not guilty to two charges of solicitation of prostitution. (AP)

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