Second billionaire faces charge after Florida massage parlor bust

A second Boston-based billionaire is facing a criminal charge after a multi-agency investigation into human trafficking at massage parlors in Florida. 

John W. Childs, the 77-year-old Massachusetts billionaire who founded a Waltham-based private equity firm, is facing a charge of solicitiation of prostitution after a wide-ranging investigation across several counties, Vero Beach police said.

Childs’ firm, J.W. Childs Associates, is located in an office building on Totten Pond Road in Waltham. A spokesman for the company declined to comment Sunday night.

NBC10 Boston went to a Chestnut Hill home Sunday that is listed under John W. Childs. A woman who answered the door Sunday identified herself as Childs’ housekeeper and said he is in Florida right now.

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Childs’ home is just doors down from the gated home of Robert Kraft.

The owner of the New England Patriots is facing similar charges in connection with the same series of prostitution busts in Florida. Jupiter police said Kraft visited a massage parlor at least twice, each time paying for sex with a prostitute.

Kraft has denied that he did anything illegal.


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