Gaetz Pal Greenberg Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking A Minor, Agrees to Cooperate
Joel Greenberg admitted to a host of federal crimes, including sex trafficking of a minor, in court papers filed on Friday and has agreed to cooperate with Justice Department investigators in their probe of Florida Republican congressman Matt Gaetz.
While he didn’t implicate Gaetz by name, the former Orlando area tax collector did admit that he and other unidentified males had paid a 17-year-old girl for sex and provided her with drugs. The so-called “Gaetz wingman” admitted that he “introduced the minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts” with her. Greenberg said he sometimes was present when those men had sex with the girl.
Federal prosecutors revealed in the documents filed on Friday that they have evidence they say corroborates Greenberg’s admissions — including a series of communications and transactions that Greenberg had with the girl, and a list of dates of their sexual encounters. The reason for including that material could be to bolster Greenberg’s credibility as a witness.
Gaetz is a close ally of twice-impeached former President Donald Trump and is said to be under investigation into whether he violated sex trafficking laws by having sex with the same girl. According to one person briefed on the investigation, Greenberg, who has been meeting with prosecutors for at least five months, has told investigators that Gaetz had sex with the girl and knew that she was being paid.
As the inquiry ensnared Gaetz and other influential Florida Republicans, reports have portrayed them as a freewheeling group that frequented parties, sometimes took the mood-altering drug Ecstasy and, in some cases, paid women they had sex with.
Gaetz has denied paying for sex.