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Mugshot unlikely for 25 ‘Johns’ picked up in Jupiter sex-trafficking bust

Posted at 12:18 PM, Feb 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 16:08:20-05

JUPITER, Fla. — Police say, 25 men, including New England Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft, walked into a massage parlor off U.S. 1, and paid for sex.

Now, they are facing charges for soliciting prostitution.

However, depending on how police and the State Attorney’s Office handle it from here, it could mean none of the ‘Johns’ end up with mug shots.

Contact 5 learned the men may not be booked into the Palm Beach County jail. No booking means no mug shot.

“These are misdemeanor crimes,” Detective Andrew Sharp told reporters on Friday. “If you live and reside in Palm Beach County you will receive a notice in the mail saying you have a summons to appear in court.

“If you are outside of Palm Beach County, if you are out of state, then you will have a warrant for your arrest here in Florida.”

Officials at the State Attorney’s Office and in law enforcement agencies across our area confirmed even an arrest warrant does not guarantee a booking photo in Palm Beach County if there is a misdemeanor charge on the table.

In Palm Beach County, officials tell us this is standard practice for crimes like this. However, we saw a different approach than other agencies along the Treasure Coast.”

Martin county arrested their ‘Johns’ and booked them, posting each mug shot online.

Indian River County agencies posted photos of their ‘Johns’ even before they were arrested. The reason? To hold the end users of these sex trafficking rings accountable.

While New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will have an arrest warrant issued, based on how the system works, he could get off without having to take a mug shot.