Joel Greenberg, a friend of Rep. Matt Gaetz, has agreed to plead guilty to a criminal case related to the investigation of the Republican lawmaker and Trump’s ally into sexual trafficking, court records show.
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 underage sex trafficking, stalking, cable fraud, and identity theft, among other charges. He pleaded not guilty to these charges, but his attorney and prosecutor told a judge at a hearing last month that Greenberg was expected to close a plea deal.
Greenberg’s lawyer Fritz Scheller told 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 spokesman for Gaetz, said in a statement: “The first indictment against Joel Greenberg alleged that he falsely accused another man of having sex with a minor. That man was apparently innocent. So was Congressman Gaetz.”