Ex-Gaetz associate admits to sex trafficking, agrees to cooperate with federal prosecutors

Joel Greenberg, a former associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and admitted to a variety of federal charges including sex trafficking a minor, New York Times reported Friday citing court papers.

Why it matters: Investigators believe Greenberg introduced women to Gaetz for paid sex and are looking into the Florida congressman’s alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Greenberg could be a key witness as federal prosecutors decide whether to charge Gaetz.

Details: Gaetz’s name does not appear in the court papers filed by prosecutors, but Greenberg admitted he and unnamed others had paid a 17-year-old girl for sex.

  • Greenberg said he provided drugs to the girl and introduced her to “other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts” with her, per the documents.
  • Prosecutors say they have evidence that backs up Greenberg’s admissions, including his communications and transactions with the girl, as well as the dates of their alleged sexual encounters.

Source: https://www.axios.com/gaetz-confidant-guilty-cooperate-investigation-d4ced667-8300-463b-be10-fbee5fe94db6.html
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