Matt Gaetz Associate Joel Greenberg Pleads Guilty to Six Federal Charges, Including Child Sex Trafficking

Joel Greenberg, a longtime associate of Republican Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz and a former Seminole County tax collector, pleaded guilty on May 17 to six federal charges, including child sex trafficking.

Greenberg entered his plea of guilt to six of 33 federal charges against him — identity theft, stalking, wire fraud, conspiracy to bribe a public official, and sex trafficking of a minor — during a hearing in the United States District Court in Orlando.

After initially pleading not guilty, Greenberg changed his plea and signed an agreement, admitting that he spent over $70,000 in 150 transactions in “sugar daddy” relationships where he paid women for sex from 2016 to 2018, including a minor with whom he engaged in “commercial sex acts.”

The agreement also said that Greenberg “introduced the minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts with the minor in the Middle District of Florida,” but did not identify the other adult men.

By signing the agreement, Greenberg also agreed to “cooperate fully in the investigation and prosecution of other persons,” which may spell political and legal trouble for Gaetz who also faces allegations of sex trafficking, drug use, and political corruption.

Gaetz has denied the allegations and has not been charged with any crime.

The indictment against Greenberg also accused him of embezzling $400,000 from the Seminole County tax collector’s office.

Prosecutors agreed to drop 23 other charges against Greenberg that were included in an earlier indictment in exchange for his signing of the agreement.

Authorities remanded Greenberg into custody pending sentencing, which is expected to take place in about nine weeks.


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