New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has officially entered a not-guilty plea after being charged with soliciting a prostitute, and he has asked to be tried by a jury.
Kraft’s attorneys presented a document in court on Tuesday requesting that his appearance, which was scheduled for Thursday, but has since been canceled, be canceled.
In February, the Jupiter Police Department reported that it had twice filmed him paying for sex at an illicit massage parlor. Kraft, who is 77, has been pinned down along with nearly 200 other people believed to have paid for sexual services at various illicit massage parlors in South Florida.
If found guilty, Kraft could be sentenced to 100 hours of community service and a fine of US $ 5,000. He could also have to serve a year in prison, although that prospect seems unlikely.
The move comes days after Kraft apologized in its first public comments since this story broke.
“I am very sorry,” Kraft said in a statement on March 23. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, close friends, colleagues, supporters and many others who expect better from me. “
This roundup was part of a large anti-prostitution operation launched from Orlando to Palm Beach County. Following a major investigation that spanned about six months, hundreds of arrest warrants were issued. A dozen massage establishments have been closed, and several suspects accused of sexual exploitation have been arrested.
Police said they had quietly installed surveillance cameras near the targeted massage parlors and recorded encounters between clients and employees.
The Patriots won the Super Bowl over the Los Angeles Rams earlier this month in Atlanta. It was their sixth title in 18 years, making it one of the most decorated teams in North American professional sport during that time. The Patriots have also competed in four other Super Bowls in that span.
Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said he was surprised to learn that Kraft, whose fortune is estimated at US $ 6 billion, had paid for sexual services at an illicit massage parlor called the Orchids of Asia. Day Spa ‘.