By Lewis Gould
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been offered a deal that includes paying a fine and doing community service in return for admitting that if his soliciting prostitution case were to go to trial, the prosecutors would win.
The prosecutors in Palm Beach County, Fla., offered the deal to Kraft and 24 other men who last month were arrested on misdemeanor charges of buying sex at the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Fla.
The police and prosecutors say the massage parlor is the focus of a wider investigation into human sex trafficking in several counties in Florida. Kraft — who faces two misdemeanor counts — and the other 24 men have been charged only with soliciting prostitution; they have not been charged with any crimes in connection to sex trafficking.
News of the plea offer was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The investigation into sex trafficking is still continuing, said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the state attorney’s office in Palm Beach County.