• Prosecutors offer deal to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, others charged in Florida prostitution sting

    By: Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Prosecutors have offered plea deals to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and several other men charged in connection with a south Florida prostitution sting, according to multiple reports.

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    The Wall Street Journal was the first to report on the proposed deal, in which the men would admit they would have been proven guilty at trial in exchange for deferred prosecution.


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    The Palm Beach State Attorney confirmed to The Associated Press that the deal, part of the standard diversion program for first-time offenders, was offered to Kraft and 24 other men. Under the terms of the agreement, the men would be required to perform 100 hours of community service, attend a class on the dangers of prostitution and pay $5,000 per count against them, the AP reported.

    In exchange, prosecutors would drop charges of misdemeanor soliciting prostitution against the men.

    Kraft, 77, was charged last month following a series of raids on massage parlors on Florida's east coast. Authorities said Kraft visited Jupiter's Orchids of Asia Day Spa twice in January, where authorities said he was videotaped in a sex act. 

    He was charged with two counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution, a misdemeanor. Kraft has denied the allegation.

    About 300 men have been charged and 10 massage parlors closed in multiple counties between Palm Beach and Orlando as part of a crackdown on illicit massage parlors and human trafficking. Several operators and employees have also been charged.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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