New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft has been charged in a prostitution case, police in Jupiter, Florida have announced.
Police say there is video evidence of all people being charged, including Kraft.
— Ali Schmitz (@SchmitzMedia) February 22, 2019
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder signaled the charge in a press conference on Tuesday, according to ABC Action News.
“There will be a newsmaker in this one,” he said.
Two women allegedly ran sexual trafficking operations at local spas. Snyder promised “dozens” of arrests. Kraft was allegedly one of the clients.
Cove Day Spa in Stuart, Therapy Spa in Stuart, Bridge Day Spa in Hobe Sound, Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter and Sequoia Apple Day Spa in Hobe Sound among business targeted in 8-month investigation. @MartinFLSheriff about to speak in news conference, w/ @AshleyMoodyFL @WPTV pic.twitter.com/5k9152Fl15
— Meghan McRoberts (@MeghanWPTV) February 19, 2019
In an associated investigation, Vero Beach cops said officials charged almost 200 people in connection to prostitution in Indian River County, Florida.
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
Victims were allegedly manipulated into prostitution.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft being charged with soliciting prostitution related to what FL police say is a massage parlor where women – who were told they were coming to US for legit jobs – were in fact held as virtual prisoners/sex workers.
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) February 22, 2019
Kraft’s team just won the Super Bowl, where authorities tend to hype up arrests connected to prostitution. The press office for the New England Patriots did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment.
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