Robert Kraft will not accept a plea deal offered by Florida prosecutors in the case against the New England Patriots owner and other men accused of soliciting prostitution at a Jupiter, Florida, day spa, a source familiar with the case told CNN on Wednesday.
Police say they have video evidence of the National Football League owner paying for and receiving sexual acts from employees at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, on two consecutive days in January.
Emily Smith of the New York Post shared a similar report, saying there was "absolutely no way" Kraft would accept such a deal. He's been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution. The evidence includes video from a hidden camera placed in the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, and police said they have video evidence of Kraft involved in sex acts twice at the spa. It does not look like Kraft will be taking them up on the deal. According to Quinn, law enforcement officials expected the "extremely graphic" footage to be released under Florida's public records law, which could be an incentive for Kraft to take a plea deal.
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Kraft's arraignment is scheduled for March 28. Commonly known as pretrial diversion or deferred prosecution, the offer is regular practice in cases such as this, involving nonviolent charges and defendants without criminal records, according to Mike Edmondson, spokesperson for the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office.
The maximum penalty for Kraft's alleged crimes is one year in jail, a $5,000 fine and 100 hours of community service per charge, plus enrolling in an educational course on the dangers of prostitution and sex trafficking.