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Charlie Baker ‘shocked and surprised’ by allegations against Robert Kraft

Asked whether he believes Kraft should step down, Baker demurred. “I think that’s an issue for the Patriots and the NFL,’’ he said.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday he was “shocked and surprised’’ by allegations that New England Patriots owner Robert K. Kraft paid for sexual encounters at a Florida spa, but he declined to say whether Kraft should step down from the team he’s owned since 1994.

Speaking at the State House, Baker said he has not spoken with Kraft about the charges leveled against the 77-year-old, who police say twice visited a massage parlor that was among 10 targeted amid a major crackdown on human trafficking and prostitution in Florida.

“I would describe it more as just shocked and surprised. And disappointing, sure,’’ Baker said of his reaction to the allegations, which he called “deeply disturbing.’’

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