Joel Greenberg, a former county tax collector and associate of Congressman Matt Goetz, signed a plea agreement with the federal government, which includes a clause in which he will “fully cooperate in the investigation and prosecution of others.”
In an agreement made public on Friday, Greenberg said he would plead guilty to six federal charges, including child trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Under the plea agreement, Greenberg admitted to being involved in a sugar daddy relationship in which he paid women for sex, including minors, with whom he engaged in “commercial sexual activity”. The agreement also states that Greenberg “introduced the minor to other adult men who had commercial sex with a minor in Florida’s Midtown.”
The agreement does not identify other adult males. Several sources told CBS News that Gaetz was one of the men Greenberg introduced her to, and federal investigators are investigating if Gaetz had sexual relations with her when she was 17.
CBS News has identified the said minor, now 21, but will not reveal her name.
Several sources report that in September 2018, the woman in question, who by then turned 18, traveled to the Bahamas with Gaetz and at least three other paid escorts.
Last month CBS News reported investigators tried to determine whether the women had been illegally trafficked across national or international borders for the purpose of having sex with a congressman.
Gaets was not charged with any crimes.
Harlan Hill, a spokesman for Gaetz, noted that his client’s name is not mentioned in Greenberg’s plea agreement. “Congressman Gaetz does not appear to be named or mentioned in Mr. Greenberg’s plea. Congressman Gaetz has never had sex with minors and never paid for sex. Mr. Greenberg has now (pleaded) guilty to falsely accusing anyone of sex with a minor. This man was innocent. Congressman Gaetz too, “Hill said in a statement.
The U.S. District Court for the Middling District of Florida in Orlando has scheduled a hearing for Monday, at which Greenberg is expected to file a new plea. Greenberg pleaded not guilty last month to charges of embezzlement and child trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
As part of the statement, Greenberg agreed “to cooperate fully with the United States in the investigation and prosecution of others, and to testify, subject to prosecution for perjury or false statement, in full and truth in any federal proceeding. or a federal grand jury for allegations in this case and other matters … “
He faces at least 12 years in prison, but the judge can reduce the sentence if he fully cooperates with him.