WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS/AP) — New England Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft will seemingly not face trial in Florida for allegedly soliciting a prostitute.
Florida prosecutors stated Monday they won’t attraction a court docket ruling throwing out video recordings allegedly displaying Kraft paying for therapeutic massage parlor intercourse acts final 12 months. That makes it seemingly that misdemeanor fees towards Kraft and different prospects can be dropped.
Kraft pleaded not responsible to 2 fees of soliciting a prostitute in February 2019. He confronted a 12 months in jail and a $5,000 superb if convicted on each counts.
In keeping with police data, Kraft was chauffeured to the Orchids of Asia spa in Jupiter on the night of Jan. 19, the place officers secretly recorded him partaking in a intercourse act with two girls after which handing over an undetermined amount of money.
Investigators stated Kraft returned 17 hours later and was once more videotaped partaking in intercourse acts with a lady earlier than paying with a $100 invoice and one other invoice, police stated.
Simply hours later, Kraft was in Kansas Metropolis for the AFC Championship recreation, the place his Patriots beat the Chiefs. The Patriots went on to win the Tremendous Bowl in Atlanta, the staff’s sixth championship beneath Kraft’s possession.
Prosecutors provided to drop the unique fees if Kraft entered a diversion program for first-time offenders, as some others charged have. That would come with an admission he can be discovered responsible if the case went to trial, a $5,000 superb, 100 hours of neighborhood service and attendance in a category on the hazards of prostitution and its connection to human trafficking.
When authorities introduced the bust and fees towards Kraft and two dozen different males, they stated it was a part of an investigation into doable human trafficking. However prosecutors later stated in court docket that they concluded there was no proof of human trafficking within the Jupiter spa.
Decide Leonard Hanser struck a significant blow to the prosecution’s case when he dominated in Could 2019 that prosecution couldn’t use video from contained in the therapeutic massage parlor in court docket. Hanser stated Jupiter police detectives and the decide who issued the search warrant permitting the key set up of cameras on the spa didn’t do sufficient to attenuate the invasion of privateness of different prospects, a few of whom solely obtained authorized massages.
A federal appeals court docket dominated in August 2020 that police violated the rights of Kraft and others with the movies.
Legal professionals for Kraft filed a movement instantly after Hanser’s resolution to attempt to stop the video from ever being launched. Public data legislation in Florida offers the media entry to all data and proof in court docket instances.
Kraft may face disciplinary motion from the NFL. The league stated in a press release after the costs have been introduced that it “will take applicable motion as warranted primarily based on the information.”
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