Kraft pleads not guilty to solicitation charges

Robert Kraft reportedly officially pleads not guilty in prostitution case

Robert Kraft reportedly officially pleads not guilty in prostitution case

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in a Florida case, according to court documents released Thursday.

Kraft was charged on February 22 with two misdemeanors after police accused him of visiting Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, on two separate occasions to solicit sex.

Kraft, who also was seen soliciting prostitution on video surveillance just 17 hours earlier on January 19, was officially charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced Monday.

Court documents filed in Palm Beach County indicate the 77-year-old has requested a non-jury trial. He faces up to one year in jail if he's convicted.

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Through a spokesperson, Kraft "categorically" denied that he engaged in illegal activity. "Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further".

Kraft was one of 25 men charged as a result of the investigation, along with a number of people accused of running the illicit operations. Kraft was charged with paying for sexual services at the Jupiter, Fla. spa, CBS Miami reported. The women involved were allegedly part of a sex trafficking ring, in which victims were lured to the United States for a better life, but were instead kept as virtual prisoners.

Kraft's team then defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl two weeks later, their sixth championship since the 2001 season. CBS Boston reports the National Football League is investigating the allegations against Kraft as well.

"Ownership and club or league management have traditionally been held to a higher standard and will be subject to more significant discipline when violations of the Personal Conduct Policy occur", the policy says. "We will take appropriate action as warranted based on the facts".

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