Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly indicated Shah worked as a prosecutor for the city of Carmel.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An attorney who was working for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office was arrested on charges of paying for sex.
According to probable cause affidavit, law enforcement on July 20 was watching Room 115 at the Red Roof Inn off of Shadeland Avenue in Indianapolis because of suspected prostitution activity possibly linked to sex trafficking.
They saw 25-year-old Adil Shah walk into the room through a slightly propped open door at 2:55 p.m.
Police later knocked on the door and opened it to find Shah with a shirt on backward and inside out.
A woman, who’d been read her rights, told police Shah had paid her $200 to have sex with her twice in 30 minutes.
Police handcuffed Shah when he made body movements that made it seem as if he was going to run away.
Shah, who’d also been read his rights, told police he only paid the woman to “cuddle him.”
A review of court records showed Shah prosecuted cases in Carmel City Court ranging from speeding to possession of marijuana. Since his arrest, he hasn’t prosecuted any cases.
Requests for comment from the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office had not been returned to I-Team 8’s.
In Marion County, Shah has so far avoided prosecution by doing a felony diversion program where he took an online class and did 16 hours of community service.
“Felony diversion programs are always really up to the discretion of the prosecutor,” said Jody Madeira, a law professor at Indiana University.
She told I-Team 8 that prosecutors take several factors into account when deciding to offer a diversion program.
“They look at the nature and severity of the offense. They look at any of the offender’s characteristics or difficulties, (and) whether the offender is a first-time offender,” Madeira said.
I-Team 8 asked the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office why it decided to give Shah the option for a diversion program, but the office had not yet responded by Monday afternoon.
I-Team 8 asked Madeira if the decision could be seen as preferential treatment toward Shah given that he was prosecuting cases at the time of his arrest.
“It appears likely that anyone, you know, you or I, anyone convicted or who was pleading guilty of this offense would be diverted to this sort of program.” Madeira said.
Shah got his law license in May of 2022. Madeira said this situation could lead to it being suspended, or another form of punishment. “The fact that you’ve committed that offense should be taken into consideration under what’s called character and fitness,” said Madeira, who added, “It’s up to the licensing authorities in Indiana to weigh the gravity of that conduct.”
Shah’s attorney declined to comment to I-Team 8.
I-Team 8 left a voicemail for Shah, but he had not called back by Monday.
If Shah fulfills all the requirements of diversion program, the charge would not be on his permanent record.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft faces misdemeanor charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a Florida massage parlor, police said Friday in a case that could get him in trouble with the NFL.
The 77-year-old Kraft denied any wrongdoing.
He was not immediately arrested. Jupiter police said a warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified. They said details about the charges against the owner of the Super Bowl champion team will not be released until next week.
The charge comes amid a crackdown on sex trafficking from Palm Beach to Orlando in which police planted cameras in massage parlors.
Hundreds of arrest warrants have been issued in recent days as a result of a six-month investigation, and more are expected. Ten spas have been closed, and several people have been taken into custody on sex trafficking charges.
Jupiter police Chief Daniel Kerr said he was shocked to learn that Kraft, who is worth $6 billion, was paying for sex inside a shopping-center massage parlor, the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. “We are as equally stunned as everyone else,” Kerr said.
Most people charged for the first time with soliciting a prostitute in Florida are allowed to enter a diversion program, said attorney David Weinstein, a former prosecutor. Kraft would probably have to perform 100 hours of community service and attend a course on the harmful effects of prostitution and sex trafficking, he said.
The NFL did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Under league policy, players, owners, coaches and other employees can be punished for “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in” the NFL.
“Ownership and club or league management have traditionally been held to a higher standard and will be subject to more significant discipline,” the policy says.
The Patriots won the Super Bowl this month over the Los Angeles Rams for their sixth NFL championship in the past 18 seasons, making them the most successful team in pro sports during that span. Before the Super Bowl, several retired NFL players appeared in a public service announcement decrying sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Atlanta, the host city.
Kraft lives in Massachusetts and has a home in the Palm Beach area. Though he is a Democrat, he is friendly with President Donald Trump and a frequent guest at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club. Kraft’s wife, Myra Hiatt Kraft, died in 2011. He has been dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander since 2012.
“Well it’s very sad. I was very surprised to see it. He’s proclaimed his innocence, totally,” Trump said at the White House on Friday. “But I’m very surprised to see it.”
In a statement, Kraft’s representatives said they “categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity.”
The spa Kraft allegedly visited is in a busy, upper-middle-class shopping center with neighbors that include a dentist, a real estate office, surf and bike shops and a Publix supermarket.
Vero Beach police Chief David Currey, whose agency has been involved in the sex-trafficking investigation, told reporters earlier this week that the prostitutes are victims who have been trapped into the trade.
“These girls are there all day long, into the evening. They can’t leave and they are performing sex acts,” Currey said, according to TCPalm. “Some of them may tell us they’re OK, but they’re not.”
Kraft, who made his initial fortune through a packaging company, bought the Patriots in 1994 for $172 million to keep the team from moving to St. Louis. He hired Bill Belichick as coach in 2000, and the team later drafted quarterback Tom Brady, launching its nearly two decades of success.
In 2007, the Patriots got in trouble for filming other teams’ signals. The NFL fined the team $250,000 and Belichick $500,000. In 2014, Brady was accused of delating game footballs to gain a better grip. He served a four-game suspension, and the Patriots were fined $1 million.
Kraft was not implicated in either scandal.
Spencer reported from Fort Lauderdale. AP sports writer Kyle Hightower in Boston and reporter Kevin Frekking in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.