Gaetz ally pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

A former associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz, Joel Greenberg, pleaded guilty to six of the nearly three dozen charges he faced. He admitted he paid at least one underage girl to have sex with him and others.
2:03 | 05/18/21

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Back here at home tonight, and there is news involving Florida congressman Matt Gaetz his former associate, Joel Greenburg, pleading guilty now to federal charges, agreeing to cooperate with investigators. That associate saying he introduced a 17-year-old girl to other adult men who paid her for sex. And what his attorney said when asked today if any elected officials were involved. Rachel Scott on the hill tonight. Reporter: Tonight, this banner flying over the federal courthouse in Orlando -- "Tick tock Matt Gaetz." Inside, the congressman's former friend Joel Greenberg pleading guilty to six federal crimes -- including sex trafficking of a minor, admitting he paid a 17-year-old girl for sex. In his plea deal, Greenberg -- a tax collector -- claims he "Introduced the minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts." Today, reporters asked his lawyer if congressman Gaetz is one of those men. Does my client have information that could hurt an elected official? I guess this is just, you know, must-see television. You'll just have to wait and see. Reporter: Greenberg has pledged to cooperate fully with investigators, who've been looking into whether he and Gaetz offered gifts and cash in exchange for sex. I am being falsely accused of exchanging money for naughty favors. Reporter: The congressman, a close ally of former president Donald Trump, denies he engaged in any illegal conduct. He insists he's being framed by political opponents, saying, "Someone is trying to recategorize my generosity to ex-girlfriends as something more untoward." Gaetz says no way is he resigning. I'm a canceled man in some corners of the internet. I might be a wanted man by the deep state. But I am a Florida man. And it is good to be home. Reporter: In a statement tonight, a spokesperson for congress moon Matt Gaetz questions the credibility of Joel Greenburg, pointing out today in court he falsely accused another man of having sex with a minor. David? Rachel, thank you. We're learning more about those new allegations involving Bill Gates, just weeks after we

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