New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been charged with solicitation of prostitution in connection to a human trafficking investigation, police in Florida said at a news conference Friday morning.
Kraft, whose Patriots won the Super Bowl earlier this month, faces two counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution.
Kraft has not been arrested. The charges are misdemeanors.
The sweeping human trafficking case involves solicitation of sex at a massage parlor, police said.
“Much of our evidence comes from the businesses, also from body-worn cameras of our officers, and also surveillance that we had been conducting over the last several months,” authorities said at Friday’s news conference.
The charges come three weeks after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams to win the team’s sixth Super Bowl title.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kraft’s then-NFL record $175 million purchase of the Patriots in 1994. At the time he vowed to turn the team into league champion.
On Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for Robert Kraft issued the following statement:
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
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