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Charges have been dropped against a married dad-of-two who was mistakenly arrested in connection with the Florida sex spa prostitution sting case that netted Robert Kraft.
Sandipkumar Patel, 47, was detained on Monday in a case of mistaken identity and charged with structure of conveyance for prostitution and soliciting prostitution.
Jensen - Beach - Resident - US - India
The Jensen Beach resident, who emigrated to the US from India, was wrongly identified as having visited the Florida Therapy Spa in Stuart on November 19, Sheriff's Lt. Mike Dougherty said.
On Friday, the charges against Patel were dropped in court papers. His lawyer - David Golden - had entered a not guilty plea for his client on Thursday, the TC Palm reports.
Statement - Golden - 'Patel - United - States
In an emailed statement, Golden asserted: 'Patel embodies all the good that the United States is supposed to represent.'
'He came from India to this "land of opportunity" and made Martin County his home. He became a U.S. Citizen, and lived the American Dream every day with his wife of 20 years, their two remarkable daughters, and close extended family.'
Golden - Arrest - Client
Golden described how the arrest has been devastating for his client.
'In a country that prides itself on constitutional protections and a presumption of innocence, the thought that he was branded, and called a "monster" by an institution he once held in high esteem is something he is tortured with every day,' Golden added.
Dougherty - Confusion - Porsche - Woman - Name
According to Dougherty, the confusion stemmed from a four-door Porsche that was registered to a woman with the last name Patel.
It was also co-registered to a man, not named Patel, who was not the man seen on video going into the spa.
Officials - Car
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