New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will not accept a plea deal offered by prosecutors that would have dropped his solicitation of prostitution charges, according to CNN’s Jason Carroll and Kevin Conlon.
A source familiar with the case tells CNN’s @jasoncarrollcnn & Kevin Conlon that New England @Patriots owner Robert Kraft will not accept the plea deal offered by Florida prosecutors in the Orchids of Asia day spa case.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 20, 2019
According to a report from Andrew Beaton of The Wall Street Journal, Florida prosecutors have offered to drop the charges against Kraft and other defendants in the case if they admit guilt. The defendants would have to meet a number of conditions.
“The proposed deferred prosecution agreement calls for completion of an education course about prostitution, completion of 100 hours of community service, screening for sexually transmitted diseases and payment of some court costs,” the Journal reported.
Kraft has already pleaded not guilty to two charges of solicitation of prostitution, but that was expected from a procedural standpoint. He now has to decide if admitting wrongdoing is worth the guarantee of not having convictions on his record, though the admission would almost certainly result in the NFL taking disciplinary action against the New England Patriots owner.
Kraft is due to appear in court on March 28th. A spokesman for Kraft had said after his arrest, “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
Even if Kraft resolves the case in Florida without pleading guilty or going to trial, he still faces possible discipline from the National Football League. Stay tune for future updates on this developing situation.