(WSPA) – A former Upstate deputy was arrested in a multi-county prostitution sting in Florida, the same operation that brought charges last week against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
According to our CBS affiliate, WPEC, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office and Vero Beach Police Department officials revealed results from their joint investigation into illegal sex acts and human trafficking incidents that reportedly happened at massage parlors in Vero Beach and Sebastian, which is in Indian River County.
WPEC reports that Indian River County investigators investigated a spa in Sebastian called the East Sea Spa.
Fifty-four people are now facing 61 solicitation of prostitution charges. Of the 54 people charged, 45 were taken into custody on the charges, including former Upstate deputy Jon Edward Broecker, 49, of Vero Beach, Fla.
According to jail records, Broecker faces a misdemeanor charge of soliciting prostitution. He was released on $1,000 bond on Feb. 20.
South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy records show that Broecker was a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office deputy from May 20, 1993 to June 12, 1995.
Broecker then reportedly left Spartanburg County to work as a deputy at the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office from June 12, 1995 to July 4, 1998.
WPEC reports that Kraft visited a massage parlor in Jupiter — Orchids of Asia Day Spa — and paid for a sex act. That incident allegedly happened on the day the Patriots played for the AFC Championship against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kraft was charged with two counts of solicitation of another to commit prostitution.
Court documents show that the State Attorneys office issued a summons for Kraft on Monday.
He was scheduled to be arraigned on April 24 at 8:30 a.m.