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Prosecutors offer deal to drop prostitution solicitation charges against NE Patriots owner Kraft

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-Prosecutors have offered the New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft a chance to avoid prosecution for soliciting prostitution in exchange for admitting he could be proven guilty at trial.

-Kraft, 77, will have until his next court appearance on March 28 to decide whether to accept the deferred prosecution offer in Palm Beach County Court or to move the case toward trial. He is accused of receiving sexual services at a spa on two consecutive days.

-The Wall Street Journal reported that under the deal, Kraft would have to be screened for sexually transmitted diseases, complete an education course about prostitution and do 100 hours of community service.

Prosecutors have offered Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, a deal to drop charges of soliciting prostitution in exchange for an admission that Kraft could have been found guilty in the case if prosecutors presented their evidence at trial.

Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County State's Attorney's Office, told CNBC that Kraft and two dozen other men who are accused of paying money for sexual services, were offered the deal Monday.

Kraft, 77, will have until his next court appearance on March 28 to decide whether to accept the deferred prosecution offer or to move the case toward trial. The offer to him was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper said that under the deal, Kraft would have to be screened for sexually transmitted diseases, complete an education course about prostitution and do 100 hours of community service.

Edmondson told CNBC that the deal being offered Kraft and the other men is standard in cases where a person who has not previously been convicted of a prior crime is charged with a misdemeanor.

If Kraft and the other defendants satisfy the terms of the deal, the cases against them would be dismissed. If any of the men fail to abide by the terms after accepting the deal, prosecutors would reopen the case against them.

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