A Florida politician who's a central figure in the federal sex trafficking investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz has agreed to cooperate with investigators. Joel Greenberg admits paying an underage girl to have sex with him and other men, court documents say.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the federal investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and admits paying an underage girl to have sex with him and other men, according to court documents filed Friday.
has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and admits paying an underage girl to have sex with him and other men, according to court documents filed Friday.Joel Greenberg is expected to plead guilty to six federal charges — including sex trafficking of a child — during a court appearance in Orlando on Monday. His cooperation as a close associate of Gaetz signals a significant escalation in the Justice Department’s investigation and potentially raises the legal and political jeopardy the Florida congressman is facing.
Federal prosecutors have been examining whether Gaetz and Greenberg paid underage girls or offered them gifts in exchange for sex, according to people familiar with the matter. The plea agreement makes no mention of Gaetz, who has vehemently denied the allegations and any wrongdoing and has insisted he will not resign his seat in Congress.
ADVERTISEMENTAs part of his plea agreement, Greenberg admitted that he recruited women for commercial sex acts and paid them more than $70,000 from 2016 to 2018, including at least one underage girl he paid to have sex with him and others.Prosecutors say Greenberg met the girl online — from a website where she was posing as an adult — and had a first meeting with her on a boat, paying her $400. He later invited her to a hotels in Florida, where he and others would have sex with her and also supplied the girl and other people with ecstasy, according to the plea deal. In total, prosecutors say Greenberg had sex with the girl at least seven times. headtopics.com
“Greenberg also introduced the Minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts with the Minor,” the plea agreement states. The plea deal, signed Wednesday, does not identify the men.Prosecutors say Greenberg also used his position as the Seminole County tax collector to access a state driver’s information database to “investigate” the women he was having sex with and had searched for the underage girl at least once because he “had reason to believe the minor was under the age of 18,” the plea agreement says.
Greenberg’s legal problems began last summer when he was arrested on charges of stalking a political opponent. He mailed fake letters to the school where his opponent taught, signed by a nonexistent “very concerned student” who alleged the teacher had engaged in sexual misconduct with another student, according to an indictment filed against him.
Greenberg was charged in August with sex trafficking a girl between ages 14 and 17 and using a state database to look up information about the girl and other people with whom he was engaged in “sugar daddy” relationships, according to the indictment.ADVERTISEMENT
Charges on allegations he embezzled $400,000 from the Seminole County tax collector’s office were added earlier this year, according to the indictment.Investigators have also been looking at whether Gaetz and his associates tried to secure government jobs for some of the women, the people said. They are also scrutinizing Gaetz’s connections to the medical marijuana sector, including whether his associates sought to influence legislation Gaetz sponsored. headtopics.com
The people had knowledge of the investigation but spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation. Read more: The Associated Press »
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Disgusting 😖😖 The word you're looking for is rape. Get it right “Greenberg also introduced the Minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts with the Minor,” the plea agreement states. The plea deal, signed Wednesday, does not identify the men” Comments from the QAnon/GOP/Fox Noise/trump cult? (crickets chirp loudly).
That's rape, AP. Get it right. 'other men' !! Guess who the other men are!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣mattgaetz for the same crime !10 yrs min sentence you wind bag manchild. I can't express my joy. He will have all the sex he wants in prison & it will be free!! USEmbassyTurkey TravelGov DV2021 🙏🙏🙏
'Tick Tock Matt Gaetz' banner flies over Florida courthouse where Joel Greenberg pleaded guiltyProsecutors will drop 27 counts against Greenberg in exchange for 'substantial assistance' with other government investigations. I’m not the least bit worried that my kids could get mixed up in drugs, crime, & prostitution.. there’s no indication that they’re even remotely Republican GaetzToGoSituation
Matt Gaetz Is Proof You Can't Shame the Shameless Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, currently under federal investigation for potentially violating sex trafficking laws after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paying for her travel, is chillin’. a_fly_guy_no Not looking good
Matt Gaetz associate pleads guilty in sex-trafficking case, will cooperate with fedsBREAKING: Joel Greenberg, the former Florida tax official whose criminal case led to a sex trafficking investigation of Rep. Gaetz, pleads guilty to 6 of the charges against him; says he plans to fully cooperate with federal investigators. Gaetz is going down faster than one of those girls did😂😂
Update: Gaetz Associate Joel Greenberg Pleads Guilty To Six Charges.Joel Greenberg — a former Florida politician who's a key figure in the investigation into Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz — has entered guilty pleas to six federal charges, including sex trafficking of a child. On the same day that Greenberg pled guilty, MTG started her “look over here!” spectacle involving AOC, in order to distract from Gaetz’s involvement. The RNC doesn’t want the spotlight on , yet another, teen trolling Republican. TickTockMattGaetz GaetzIsGuiltyToo Oh, I’ve seen this one before! The evidence presented by Greenberg is going to be found reliable enough to convict Greenberg, but not reliable enough to convict Gaetz.
Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg pleads guilty in sex-trafficking caseJoel Greenberg, the former Florida tax official whose criminal case led to a sex trafficking investigation of Rep. Gaetz, pleads guilty to 6 of the charges against him; says he plans to fully cooperate with federal investigators. Click here for more: CAN ANYONE PLEASE EXPLAIN why Matt Gaetz would not be guilty of child abuse and child molestation if he had sex with an underage girl TheBeatWithAri Except fully cooperating may or may not mean he'll be giving out dirt on his boof'n bud gatez. RepMattGaetz Where's Rep. Gaetz's mouth? Always yapping; not too boisterously lately. Gaetz is cold, blatantly disrespectful, manipulative, insensitive. $$$ don't make you fox-slick. Underage/barely legal girls, huh? If true, ask God's forgiveness, & learn to serve ppl justly.
Matt Gaetz Associate Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking ChargeThough one prodigal observer of Joel Greenberg's trial hired a plane to pull the banner “Tick Tock Matt Gaetz” over the courthouse on Monday, the tax collector's cooperation does not necessarily mean Gaetz will be hit with charges Bless your heart