Bob Kraft ordered to appear for arraignment on solicitation charges

Tanya Simon
March 7, 2019

Kraft is among hundreds of men accused of paying for sex acts as part of a crackdown on prostitution allegedly occurring in massage parlors across Florida.

Despite a court filing that says Robert Kraft has been ordered to attend an arraignment hearing later this month, his attorney has since clarified that the New England Patriots owner is not required at the hearing. Kraft's attorney Jack Goldberger filed the written plea with the Palm Beach County court on Wednesday.

The hearing was moved back a day to March 28, one day after the National Football League owners meetings conclude in Phoenix.

The filing from Florida's 15th Judicial Circuit Court also includes the directive that the "defendant must be present at this hearing".

Kraft may still be able to resolve the case before the arraignment date.

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Kraft pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges last month. Ten spas have been closed and several people, mostly women originally from China, have been charged with running the operation. Police asked for Kraft's identification, even though he was not driving the vehicle.

He could argue he did not solicit anybody for sex and that Jupiter police violated his Fourth Amendment rights during a traffic stop following his first alleged visit to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.

The Patriots owner visited the spa the following day.

According to the affidavit, Kraft paid both women with a $100 bill. Kraft later flew to Kansas City, Missouri, to watch the Patriots win the AFC championship and advance to the Super Bowl, which they won two weeks later in Atlanta.

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