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.