Probable cause affidavit for Robert Kraft solicitation charges released

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Prosecutors in Palm Beach County released probable cause affidavits for Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the 24 other men charged with soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Florida.

The affidavit, which comes via Olivia Hitchcock of the Palm Beach Post, for Kraft alleges that he visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa on January 19 and 20 this year and includes information taken from video surveillance on both visits.

According to the affidavit, Kraft paid cash at the front desk and then went to another room where he proceeded to take off all his clothes. On the first visit, Kraft was allegedly accompanied by two women who massaged him before performing sex acts. The second visit was with one woman, but otherwise unfolded the same way.

A police officer stopped Kraft’s car as he left on January 19 and the officer asking Kraft, who was a passenger, for identification. Kraft produced a Massachusetts drivers license.

January 20 was the day of the AFC Championship Game and Kraft was seen leaving the establishment around 11:15 a.m. ET. The game started in Kansas City shortly before 7 p.m. ET.

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said at a Monday press conference that neither Kraft nor any of the others arrested are facing human trafficking charges, but said he hopes the arrests launch a larger conversation about that criminal practice.

Aronberg also vowed that “our office treats everyone the same, whether you have a lot of money or you’re indigent” when asked about punishment for the first-degree misdemeanor charges that have now been formally filed. A court date on the matter has been set for April 24.

74 responses to “Probable cause affidavit for Robert Kraft solicitation charges released

  1. “Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said at a Monday press conference that neither Kraft nor any of the others arrested are facing human trafficking charges,”

    Wait….what? that’s not what posters here have been speculating since this story broke.

  2. Bob can fix it by making a large donation to a charity that fights human trafficking. It will be a good statement to make. Will probably get some kind of fine too.

    It will be interesting to see what kind of fight he puts up defending himself compared to his “for the good of the league” statement when his QB got railroaded with a fabricated cheating scandal.

  3. Videos are usually distorted and fuzzy.

    Robert could always just sing that 2001 Shaggy song at his trial right!??

  4. Posters have referred to human trafficking because that was the source of the girls that the billionaire defiled. No one ever said he was involved in human trafficking, only that he wasn’t above taking advantage of it.

    Is that clear enough for you Patriot cultists ?

  5. Wait, so Kraft got pulled over as he was leaving the first time then returned again the next day? What did the officer tell Kraft his reason for being pulled over was for? Because I would’ve been nervous as heck if I just didn’t an illegal act and coincidentally got pulled over right after.

  6. As a poster said in the other thread, no NFL player has ever been fined or suspended by the league for solicitation. Many have been caught, but NONE have ever been punished by the NFL.

    And considering this is a non-violent misdemeanor, has the league EVER fined or suspended a player that wasn’t a felony crime? I really can’t think of one example.

  7. “January 20 was the day of the AFC Championship Game and Kraft was seen leaving the establishment around 11:15 a.m. ET. The game started in Kansas City shortly before 7 p.m. ET.”

    I know players have warm up routines and rituals before a big game, didn’t know that practice also extended to owners.

  8. His only defense is that he didn’t ask her to do anything. She did it for the tip, but he never implied he was giving her a tip based on any particular service of that sort!

  9. “A police officer stopped Kraft’s car as he left on January 19 and the officer asking Kraft, who was a passenger, for identification. Kraft produced a Massachusetts drivers license.”
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    Do passengers have to provide ID in Florida?

  10. At the end of the legal process Roger and Kraft’s fellow owners have got to suspend him for a half season or more. Hefty fine and he loses half to a full year suspension.

  11. Mr Kraft is a busy man soliciting prostitutes 7 hours before gametime needing to take a 3 hour flight to Kansas City Missouri from Jupiter Florida. I’m hoping that is a typo referring to the date that he was stopped by an officer after engaging in solicitation, if he was stopped by an officer the first of the 2 days of solicitation on of a prostitute on the 19th and went back the 2nd day on the 20th for some more his case is getting weaker and weaker by the day.

  12. How embarrassing for him, and it serves him right. This will never go away, now we have
    Solicitation Gate to add to the other Deflategate’s etc.

  13. Uh, the affidavit also notes that, much like Goodell Bowl XLVII, the lights conveniently go out for some time during a critical period. Still makes Kraft look gross but expect his lawyers to have a field day with that among other things.

  14. Can’t believe that those who are in charge of looking out for Kraft weren’t intelligent enough to read the multiple online reviews written about that place. Many of which indicated that people had turned them in to the city council and local police. Who’s advising this guy, Pee Wee Herman?

  15. filmex2000 says:
    February 25, 2019 at 2:56 pm
    Posters have referred to human trafficking because that was the source of the girls that the billionaire defiled. No one ever said he was involved in human trafficking, only that he wasn’t above taking advantage of it.

    Is that clear enough for you Patriot cultists ?

    ————

    Then why were people claiming he should be forced to sell the team?

  16. Once the tapes are released there’s no coming back from it…huge embarrassment for the NFL. Most expensive illegal sexual act when you have to step down as the owner

  17. These girls were brought here illegally and forced to do these things, that’s horrible. But the police will allow these girls to be victimized for eight months just so they can catch some men to charge them with misdemeanors. Yeah, makes sense. Maybe if we had stricter immigration laws and stronger borders some of these things would happen a little less frequently?

  18. With the eight month sting being in Jupiter Florida, It sounds to me that law enforcement wanted to catch a “Tiger” by its toe.

  19. money doesn’t always = intelligence. Pay a fine suspend for 4-6 games and move on. Really overblown.

  20. Kraft should sell the team because he’s morally corrupt like Belicheat, Brady and all the fans.

    Time to start over with fresh ownership and start playing by the rules.

  21. I don’t like the press conference just because they caught a celebrity. And if that video gets leaked out than everyone associated with the sting should be fired and the check should flow back to Mr. Kraft.

  22. Anyone who engages in paying for sex to human traffickers is absolutely horrible. By their actions they are financing the trafficking and keeping the trade alive. From an NFL standpoint, this is 100% conduct detrimental to the sport and tarnishes the shield.

    After all, these women were brought in from China under the false promises of new lives and legitimate jobs. Instead, they found themselves trapped in brothels — as trafficking victims, with their passports confiscated.

    This is a despicable act on behalf of owner Robert Kraft. He should be disgraced enough to step away from ownership activities and the public spotlight for his actions.

    Like….forever….

  23. shutyofacepunk says:
    February 25, 2019 at 4:01 pm
    These girls were brought here illegally and forced to do these things, that’s horrible. But the police will allow these girls to be victimized for eight months just so they can catch some men to charge them with misdemeanors. Yeah, makes sense. Maybe if we had stricter immigration laws and stronger borders some of these things would happen a little less frequently?

    ———————————————-
    Unfortunately, this case goes a lot deeper than catching some guys for misdemeanors. They were caught up in the larger investigation.

  24. I’m a Patriots fan and I hope the team is not taken from him. However this strange, now reckless behavior and need for constant attention is troubling. Kraft has always wanted to be a big shot. Numerous interviews calling attention to himself, hanging out with Meek Mill, dating 30 year old women, etc. I would think being an NFL owner and CEO of various businesses should be his principal concerns. Let Jonathan run the team and retire gracefully Robert, don’t end up like Woody Hayes or Joe Paterno.

  25. akira1971 says:
    February 25, 2019 at 3:14 pm
    “A police officer stopped Kraft’s car as he left on January 19 and the officer asking Kraft, who was a passenger, for identification. Kraft produced a Massachusetts drivers license.”
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    Do passengers have to provide ID in Florida?
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    Yes, and every other state if an officer asks for ID.

  26. luchey says:
    February 25, 2019 at 4:37 pm
    Anyone who engages in paying for sex to human traffickers is absolutely horrible. By their actions they are financing the trafficking and keeping the trade alive.

    —-
    Can the same thing not be said about people who purchase recreational drugs? They are supporting cartels and their murderous behavior are they not?

  27. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said at a Monday press conference that neither Kraft nor any of the others arrested are facing human trafficking charges, but said he hopes the arrests launch a larger conversation about that criminal practice
    ——————————————————-
    So they’ve investigated the trafficking and prostitution since OCTOBER- Tough to believe their primary concern is for these young women when they’ve been abused for that long and the only thing in the news cycle is Krafts indiscretions. Kraft should be treated like anyone else but this DA and PD need to be looked at as well when this done.

  28. Michael E, not all states allow “stop and ID”, or a Terry stop as it is commonly called. In my state (Michigan), police are not allowed by state law to ask for ID from passengers in cars or people walking down the street. They only have the authority to do so if they suspect a crime has been committed or imminent.

  29. akira1971 says:
    “A police officer stopped Kraft’s car as he left on January 19 and the officer asking Kraft, who was a passenger, for identification. Kraft produced a Massachusetts drivers license.”
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    Do passengers have to provide ID in Florida?
    —————————-
    Florida has a stop-and-frisk law that allows officers to demand ID from passengers (or anyone else) if they suspect that person has been or might be contemplating a crime. Since they were staking out the massage parlor as part of a sex-trafficking sting, they had reason to stop Kraft’s car and ask for ID. Under Florida law, passengers can refuse to show their ID, but the officer can then detain them at the site until they’re identified, or even arrest them on the spot.

  30. It will be interesting to see what kind of fight he puts up defending himself compared to his “for the good of the league” statement when his QB got railroaded with a fabricated cheating scandal.
    ******************************************************************
    I think he will realize that he will not want to go to trial which will allow everyone to view the “evidence.”

  31. Had this been a player, especially a black player….the comments on these threads would be vicious.
    But its an old white guy and every on here is acting like he is the victim.
    Morons

  32. Deb says:
    February 25, 2019 at 8:34 pm
    akira1971 says:
    “A police officer stopped Kraft’s car as he left on January 19 and the officer asking Kraft, who was a passenger, for identification. Kraft produced a Massachusetts drivers license.”
    =======================
    Do passengers have to provide ID in Florida?
    —————————-
    Florida has a stop-and-frisk law that allows officers to demand ID from passengers (or anyone else) if they suspect that person has been or might be contemplating a crime. Since they were staking out the massage parlor as part of a sex-trafficking sting, they had reason to stop Kraft’s car and ask for ID. Under Florida law, passengers can refuse to show their ID, but the officer can then detain them at the site until they’re identified, or even arrest them on the spot.

    ——————

    But why did Kraft go back to the place on the 20th after that happened. He wasn’t spooked by getting randomly asked for ID as a passenger right after leaving spa? How often could a guy of that stature get asked for ID? Probably never happened before. You would think he would stay away after that.

  33. Remember this was a sex trafficking sting, NOT a typical prostitution “john” sting…the “customers” here–like allegedly Kraft–are actively supporting human trafficking, however much they pretend this isnt true

  34. So they’ve investigated the trafficking and prostitution since OCTOBER- Tough to believe their primary concern is for these young women when they’ve been abused for that long and the only thing in the news cycle is Krafts indiscretions.

    ————-

    Their goal is to be able to try and convict those in charge so they can’t just move and set up shop somewhere else with more girls from China, and also to deter others from doing the same.

    That takes evidence, which takes time to gather. Typically, theyre working with prosecutors who let them know how much/what is good enough evidence to proceed to trial. Once they believe they have it, they arrest the perpetrators.

  35. What surprised me most was that Gronk is not the only Patriot requiring double team coverage

  36. If he was identified positively while leaving them place by police on the 19th, why did he go back on the 20th? Something strange there.

    What is strange is why a 77 year old billionaire needs to be there at all and then deny it.

  37. “our office treats everyone the same, whether you have a lot of money or your indigent”

    It didn’t hurt that the cop was probably a Dolphins fan. LOL 😀

  38. First, I’m not condoning what any of these people did, however it seems to me a little unusual that they were stopping cars leaving the place, have video of sex acts that were performed – at least one person of which occurred on consecutive days – and the these were supposedly trafficked women.

    Was it not more important to stop the trafficking of these women than it was to nail some customers? I’ll reserve judgment on the authorities because I don’t know all the facts, but it makes no sense to me.

  39. SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 25, 2019 at 4:56 pm
    luchey says:
    February 25, 2019 at 4:37 pm
    Anyone who engages in paying for sex to human traffickers is absolutely horrible. By their actions they are financing the trafficking and keeping the trade alive.

    —-
    Can the same thing not be said about people who purchase recreational drugs? They are supporting cartels and their murderous behavior are they not?

    ————

    I don’t believe anyone here said drug trafficking was any different.

    Really poor deflection on your part….

  40. ID checked the first day, but went back again? Wow, I would think he would be smart enough not to go back! The ‘Shield’ has been tarnished nationally, so what will Goodell do? Will be quite interesting to see if the punishment is equal to the crime, or pushed under the carpet?? I’ll bet Irsay is watching this very closely!!!

  41. Not a good look for Kraft at all. Why go back after having your ID checked? That’s plain stupid. I’m a huge Patriots fan all my life, lived through all kinds of issues and accusations on the team, this one is beyond belief for me. Selling the team screams are ridiculous, lets not go crazy folks. If you got caught dinky dunking would you quit your job? NO. He will be fined 500k, be suspended 6 games, lose his young girlfriend and have to live with this on his resume the rest of his life. Extremely disappointed if this is all true.

  42. the minute they discovered this establishment, had woman working there who did not want to be there
    the establishment should have been shut down
    allowing it to remain open, allowing these innocent woman to continue serving their clients is incomprehensible
    they suffered enough pain, it should have ended immediately
    they need to investigate the investigators and find out who made this decision
    he should be FIRED, for putting these women at risk.

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