Prosecutors Appeal Judge’s Suppression of Spa Sex Video In Robert Kraft Case

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Robert Kraft is certainly not happy about this.

Prosecutors are now arguing that a judge made several mistakes when he threw out video evidence allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft twice paying for sex at a Florida massage parlor.

Via ESPN:

“The state attorney general’s office filed its argument with the Fourth District Court of Appeal late Tuesday, just before a deadline that likely would have meant the dismissal of Kraft’s second-degree misdemeanor charge. It says that Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser made several errors in his May ruling, and argues that even if he didn’t, he went too far by suppressing the recordings police secretly made in January at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.

They said Hanser erred when he ruled that Jupiter police detectives and the judge who issued the warrant allowing the secret installation of cameras at the spa did not do enough to minimize the invasion of privacy of customers who received legal massages. They said even if justices agree with Hanser that more should have been done to protect the innocent, it shouldn’t protect Kraft, whom they say clearly paid for sex.

They also argued that even if the warrant was faulty, the detectives executed it in good faith, which courts have ruled is usually sufficient for evidence to be used in court, because doing otherwise allows criminal activity to go unpunished.

The prosecutors said Jupiter Police Department detectives lawfully obtained the warrant allowing them to secretly install cameras in the spa’s massage rooms and lobby, after spending days observing almost exclusively men entering the spa, obtaining trash that showed sex occurred there and interviewing customers after they left who admitted paying for sex.”

Kraft was one of 25 men charged during the five days of recording where customers could be seen paying for sex.

The owner and some employees are charged with felonies.

“That the spa was regularly used as a brothel is confirmed by the small percentage of recorded massages that ultimately appeared lawful,” Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey DeSousa wrote.

The 78-year-old Kraft pleaded not guilty in his case, but he did issue an apology back in March.

Kraft was said to have entered the spa on January 19th, where he was recorded engaging in a sex act with two women and then handing over cash. Investigators stated Kraft returned some 17 hours later and was again videotaped engaging in sex acts with a woman before paying with a $100 bill and another bill.

Hours later, his New England Patriots would go on to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game and ultimately win the Super Bowl against the Rams in Atlanta.