Prosecutors will drop charges if Kraft admits he'd be proven guilty
Florida prosecutors are offering to drop charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others charged with soliciting prostitution in February, as first reported by Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal. The Palm Beach state attorney confirmed the news later Tuesday, according to ESPN.
However, the proposed agreement would require Kraft to admit he would have been proven guilty during a trial. He'd also need to complete a course about prostitution, put in 100 hours of community service, be screened for sexually transmitted diseases, and pay $5,000 for each of the two counts of solicitation against him.
Legal experts deem the proposed deal to be unusual, Beaton noted, and have questions regarding how Florida police originally obtained search warrants that resulted in the charges.
Kraft is one of 25 men being charged with solicitation, and police say they have video evidence concerning the men involved. According to court documents, the Patriots owner initially pleaded not guilty to the charges and denied participating in any illegal activities.
The 77-year-old Kraft's arraignment is set for March 28. It remains to be seen whether or not he'll accept the deal, and he could still face punishment from the NFL regardless.
If he does accept the deal, however, the video evidence would likely be sealed under state law.