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Solicitation charge places Robert Kraft at Orchids of Asia Day Spa on day of AFC title game

Solicitation charge places Robert Kraft at Orchids of Asia Day Spa on day of AFC title game

Palm Beach County state attorney Dave Aronberg came out swinging in his press conference Monday afternoon.

"This isn't about lonely old men or victimless crimes," he said.

What he was referencing were the prostitution-related charges facing 25 individuals based on the Jupiter, Fla., Police Department's investigation into criminal activity occurring at Orchids of Asia Day Spa, which began in October. 

The highest-profile name involved is that of Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, who was placed at that location on two separate occasions, including the morning of Jan. 20, hours ahead of the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City. 

Aronberg indicated that the individuals involved will be charged with first-degree misdemeanors of soliciting prostitution. A first-degree conviction would result in a mandatory 100 hours of community service, a $5,000 fine and a course intended to educate on the dangers of human trafficking. A conviction could result in a maximum of a year in jail time.

Aronberg said that diversion programs are "available."

"There are diversion programs available, there are classes available," he said. "Just because the mandatory penalty is up to a year in jail doesn't mean someone is going to get that."

With a diversion, there is no plea from the accused. A Deferred Prosecution Agreement would be signed, and the state would defer prosecution. So long as the accused accomplished that which was agreed upon with the state, the expectation is that the case would be dismissed. 

The Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy spoke to Palm Beach County attorney Steven Bell, who explained the diversion program process, and how common those are in cases like these, though Bell explained that the human trafficking element could impact the likelihood that the state would be willing to defer prosecution.

Kraft is being considered a resident of the state of Florida because he holds a residence there. His attorney has been issued a summons and will not have to make a public court appearance, Aronberg explained.

Aronberg was asked several questions about Kraft but did not get into the specifics of his case. 

Aronberg did make several comments to highlight how strongly he feels about providing preferential treatment for those with means. This is a case, Aronberg frequently pointed out, that deals with the broader issue of human trafficking. 

"Our office treats everyone the same," he said, "whether you have a lot of money or are indigent . . . This isn't about lonely old men or victimless crimes."

On the subject of any "bigger" names that might be involved in some way shape or form in this case, Aronberg said, "that would be news to me." ESPN reported on Friday that there was a name more noteworthy than Kraft's that was somehow involved. 

"Hard for me to talk about rumors," Aronberg said, "especially false ones."

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

The people's court is now in session. The topic of debate: Who made who, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady?

The two New England Patriots greats will always be inextricably linked for the success they've had in creating the Patriots dynasty. Together, the duo has won six Super Bowl titles and has overseen the most dominant two-decade stretch in NFL history.

Still, the question of who is chiefly responsible for the team's success has long been a debate among the New England faithful. And this week, Shanda, Cerrone, and Leroy take a deeper dive into the case for both sides on the latest episode of "That 617 Life Podcast".

Cerrone kicks off the "trial" by defending Brady, arguing that his on-field play and his arrival to the team snapped the Patriots out of the funk that they were in for most of the early part of their franchise's existence.

[The Patriots] were the team that nobody wanted to use in TecmoBowl. Now, for everybody in America, you're cheating if you use Tom Brady in Madden.

Furthermore, from Cerrone:

There's teams in the NFL over the past 20 years that still haven't defeated Tom Brady. Still, over 20 seasons. There are organizations and fan bases that still have not seen a victory in front of Tom Brady.

As for the case for Belichick, Leroy laid out a simple case for Belichick and called him "possibly the greatest coach in sports history."

Hear more of the trial and thoughts on the latest Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

CURRAN: Are we watching Brady's final day with the Patriots?>>>

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Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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