New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Pleads Not Guilty to Charges He Solicited Prostitution

Kraft was allegedly in the Florida spa the morning of the AFC Championship game in Kansas City, when the Patriots earned a trip to the Super Bowl

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Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Florida, according to Palm Beach County court records.

The owner of the NFL Super Bowl champion New England Patriots entered his plea on Feb. 25, according to the records.

An attorney for Kraft did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment but a spokesman for Kraft previously told PEOPLE: “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”

The plea was entered on the same day charges were filed against Kraft, 77, who was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection with a human trafficking investigation allegedly tied to a chain of Florida massage parlors.

The allegations stem from two separate visits by Kraft to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, which has been identified as part of an alleged human trafficking and prostitution network, reports the Palm Beach Post.

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Kraft faces the same charges as 24 other men in connection to the investigation. The solicitation charge faced by the men accused in the case is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and required attendance in a class on the dangers of prostitution and human trafficking.

In a statement previously released to PEOPLE through its media office, the National Football League said: “The NFL is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments.”

In a notice to appear in court obtained by PEOPLE, authorities alleged they had video of spa employees performing sex acts on Kraft on at least two occasions in January, including the morning of the AFC Championship game in Kansas City, when the Patriots earned a trip to the Super Bowl.

Kraft’s arraignment is set for April 24 but he does not have to make a public court appearance under the terms of the summons.

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