Gaetz associate pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the Justice Department’s sex trafficking investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz has pleaded guilty to six federal charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of a plea deal. Joel Greenberg is a longtime associate of Gaetz and appeared Monday in federal court in Orlando. Greenberg pleaded guilty to charges that include sex trafficking of a minor and admitted he had paid at least one underage girl to have sex with him and other men. Gaetz was not mentioned in the plea agreement or during the court hearing. But Greenberg’s cooperation may escalate the potential legal and political liability the firebrand Florida congressman faces  

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