Prosecutors would defer prosecution of Kraft if he agrees to 100 hours of community service, receives education on the harms of prostitution, undergoes screening for sexually transmitted diseases and pays court costs, Edmondson said by phone. The admission of guilt makes this an unusual deal, according to the WSJ.
Kraft has not yet decided whether to accept the offer from State Attorney Dave Aronberg's office, said the person who asked not to be identified by name.
Kraft, the Patriots billionaire owner, has already denied the charges brought against him through his lawyer, who said in a statement, "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity".
Upon completion of the program, misdemeanor soliciting prostitution charges would be dropped. He is charged with two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution. Several operators and employees have also been charged. Edmondson declined to say if Kraft has agreed to the offer for avoiding prosecution. The documents said numerous workers were forced to live at the spas and were not allowed to leave without an escort.
The owner of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, the Jupiter, Florida, parlour Kraft is accused of visiting, is charged with 29 felony prostitution and related charges. Judges then issued warrants allowing them to secretly install cameras inside the spas to record what transpired.
According to court records, Kraft, 77, allegedly paid for a sexual encounter at a Jupiter, Fla., spa on January 20, just hours before his team won the AFC Championship game. Kraft has owned the Patriots for 25 years, during which time the team has been to 10 Super Bowls, winning six Lombardi Trophies, all with head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Hours later, he was in Kansas City for the game.
If Kraft accepted the deal and charges are dropped, he could still be punished by the National Football League under the personal conduct policy.