Florida prosecutors offer Patriots owner Robert Kraft deal to drop solicitation charges

Florida prosecutors offer Patriots owner Robert Kraft deal to drop solicitation charges

Even if Kraft takes the plea deal and has the solicitation charges dropped, he could still face NFL-imposed discipline.

Other men entangled in the prostitution scandal have been offered the same type of deal as the billionaire National Football League team owner, the report said. Edmondson declined to say if Kraft has agreed to the offer for avoiding prosecution.

Kraft and scores of other suspected johns were arrested last month as part of a wide-ranging investigation into prostitution and sex trafficking at a string of massage parlors in Palm Beach, Martin and other counties. Judges then issued warrants allowing them to secretly install cameras inside the spas to record what transpired. Zhang, 58, has pleaded not guilty. He said in a recent interview with The Associated Press the traditional route of only charging parlour owners and their employees while ignoring their customers doesn't work.

"As long as there is a demand, there will be a supply - and I was stunned by the amount of demand", he said.

In both instances, video surveillance captured a woman performing a sex act on Kraft and shows him paying in cash.

Kraft has denied the allegations made against him. Kraft has owned the Patriots for 25 years, during which time the team has been to 10 Super Bowls, winning six Lombardi Trophies, all with head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

"It's important for the NFL to recognize that those who buy people for sex engage in crimes of sexual coercion and violence", Lisa L. Thompson, vice president of policy and research at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation said in a statement.

Kraft is facing one-year in jail on the charges, along with a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and attendance in a human trafficking dangers class. Kraft's wife, Myra Hiatt Kraft, died in 2011.

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