Gaetz Associate Admits Introducing ‘Other Adult Men’ To Minor For Paid Sex In Guilty Plea

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Gaetz Associate Admits Introducing ‘Other Adult Men’ To Minor For Paid Sex In Guilty Plea

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Joel Greenberg, a former county official in Florida connected to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), on Friday pleaded guilty to a litany of crimes including sex trafficking of a minor and agreed to cooperate with the Department of Justice, which is also investigating Gaetz for similar charges.

Key Facts

Greenberg met an unidentified minor on a website for “sugar daddies” and paid her for sex multiple times, in addition to introducing her to “other adult men” who “engaged in commercial sex acts” with her, according to court documents.

Gaetz is not named in the documents, but his connections to Greenberg, who has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, are well-documented and he is under DOJ investigation himself for sex with a minor.

Greenberg also pleaded guilty to identity theft, wire fraud, stalking and conspiracy stemming from his time as Seminole County tax collector, though other charges against him were dismissed as part of the guilty plea, and he faces 12 years in prison.

Forbes has reached out to a spokesperson for Gaetz, who has repeatedly denied allegations of sex with a minor, for comment.

Crucial Quote

“I’m sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today,” Greenberg’s attorney Fritz Scheller told reporters in April upon revelations Greenberg was cooperating with federal prosecutors.

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