Joel Greenberg, a friend of Rep. Matt Gaetz, has agreed to plead guilty to sexual trafficking in a criminal case related to the investigation by Republican lawmaker and Trump’s ally.
Greenberg is due to appear in federal court in Orlando, Florida Monday morning to change the hearing.
Greenberg, a Florida tax collector, has been charged with minors’ sexual trafficking, stalking, cable fraud, and identity theft, among other charges. He pleaded not guilty to these charges, but his attorney and prosecutors told a judge at a hearing last month that Greenberg was expected to close a plea deal.
Greenberg’s lawyer Fritz Scheller said to reporters after the hearing: “I’m sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very well today.”
Scheller later said, “You’ve seen the number of stories out there and the focus is on their relationship. Isn’t it obvious to assume he’d be concerned?”
Gaetz, who represents Florida’s first congressional district in the panhandle, has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with criminal charges.
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Harlan Hill, a Gaetz spokesman, said in a statement: “The first indictment against Joel Greenberg alleges that he falsely accused another man of having sex with a minor. That man was apparently innocent. So was Congressman Gaetz.”