If you're a fan of hating on the New England Patriots, you're probably enjoying a bit of schadenfreude right about now.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with "two misdemeanor counts of soliciting a prostitute" on Friday, part of a widespread Florida investigation into prostitution and potential sex trafficking. The announcement came just a day after Deadspin noted some peculiar NFL-related questions at a press conference about arrest warrants being issued.
As of early Friday afternoon, Kraft had yet to be arrested on the charges. The incidents allegedly happened at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida and authorities say they have video evidence supporting their case against Kraft.
An attorney for Kraft denied the allegations.
Statement from a spokesperson for Robert Kraft:
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) February 22, 2019
In all, 10 such spas were shut down across a part of Florida that also included Orland and Palm Beach County, according to CBS Miami.
An "active arrest warrant" has been issued for Kraft, according to Jupiter PD.
Typically, a charge of soliciting results in a pre-trial diversion program where the defendant attends a class on the hazards of prostitution. After which the charge is usually dropped. @CBSMiami
— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) February 22, 2019
The first arrests were made on Tuesday and have continued, two of which came from the spa that Kraft is alleged to have visited.
On Thursday, Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey expressed hope the arrests from the investigation would "put a heck of a dent in human trafficking and sex trade" in the area, according to Treasure Coast News.
Over 50 arrests have reportedly been made and nearly 200 warrants have been issued so far in relation to the widespread investigation. Kraft is the highest profile person to have been named in the sweep so far.