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2nd Billionaire Charged in Prostitution Ring

John Childs, 77, caught up in same sting as Patriots owner Robert Kraft
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2019 9:00 AM CST
A sign is posted outside of Orchids of Asia Friday in Jupiter, Fla.   (Palm Beach Post via AP)

(Newser) – Not one billionaire, but two have been caught up in the human trafficking sting in Florida. Robert Kraft is the more high-profile name of the two (and the one everyone was buzzing about Friday), but equity firm owner John Childs has also made the list, per TCPalm. Childs, who owns JW Childs Associates in Massachusetts, lives part of the year in Indian River Shores, Fla., as well as outside of Boston. Childs, 77, hasn't been arrested and told Bloomberg that as of Friday afternoon he hadn't yet heard officially from police.

"The accusation of solicitation of prostitution is totally false," he said. "I have retained a lawyer." There is a warrant out for his arrest, though, on that charge, and a Vero Beach Police Department rep says they're working with local agencies and jurisdictions to bring in everyone who needs to be. "We encourage people who have active arrest warrants to turn themselves in," the spokesman says. (Trump's take on the Robert Kraft news: "very sad.")

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