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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was formally charged with soliciting prostitution one of nearly two dozen people nabbed in human trafficking sting that targeted massage parlors and Florida officials said they have video of craft visiting the orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter Florida and paying for sex acts on two occasions on Monday Palm Beach county prosecutor David Ehrenberg outlined the possible consequences this charges a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail a mandatory five thousand dollar fine one hundred hours of community service and a class on the dangers of prostitution and human trafficking a spokesperson for the seventy seven year old billionaire said the owner denies engaging in any illegal activity the charges allege craft made one of his visits the morning of January twentieth then in the evening attended the AFC championship game between the patriots and the chiefs in Kansas city New England Patriots are the NFL's current dominant franchise winning their fifth Superbowl last month craft and the other defendants were charged as part of a statewide probity human trafficking which Ehrenberg said is still under way this is not about lonely old man or victimless crimes this is about enabling a a network of criminals to traffic women into our country for forced labor and sex the NFL released a statement on Monday saying everyone including team owners were bound by the league's personal conduct policy quote we will take appropriate action as warranted based on the facts the statement said craft was issued a court date on April twenty fourth because the charge is a misdemeanor he doesn't need to appear and a lawyer can represent him instead