Last month Patriots owner Robert Kraft was involved in a scandal when Jupiter police accused him of soliciting prostitutes in Florida Asian massage parlor.
Today the Wall Street Journal is revealing that Kraft and the other Johns involved in the scandal have been offered a bizarre plea deal that would have their charges dropped if they admit that if the case would go trial they would be found guilty. The Johns would also be forced to take STD tests under conditions of the plea deal.
Florida prosecutors have offered to drop charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and a number of other men charged with soliciting prostitution, according to a person familiar with the matter, but there is a catch. The proposed agreement calls for the men to admit they would have been proven guilty at trial.
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.
But in an unusual provision, the agreement also calls for the defendants to review the evidence in the case and agree that, if it were to go to trial, the state would be able to prove their guilt, this person said. It isn’t clear whether Mr. Kraft and others would accept such a condition. When the charges were announced, a spokesman for Mr. Kraft denied he engaged in illegal activity.
It will be interesting to see if Kraft would take the deal but many experts believes it’s probably likely that he continues to mantain his innocence.