Sentenced to 11 years for sex trafficking of a minor ex-Florida commissioner

Miami, Dec. 1 Former Seminole County (Florida, USA) tax commissioner Joel Greenberg was sentenced this Thursday to 11 years in prison for the crimes of sex trafficking of a minor, stalking and aggravated identity theft, among thirty charges in his against.

Greenberg, close to congressman Matt Gaetz, had pleaded guilty in 2021 to the crime of sex trafficking of a minor in a case in which the Republican legislator is not named, but which had caused media interest due to the implications of a possible denunciation after the agreement with the prosecution.

“Nothing I say today can justify my actions. My conduct was shameful,” Greenberg said in court as he awaited sentencing for various crimes, including having sex with a 17-year-old girl he met online. Sugar daddy”, picked up the channel WKMG TV.

The former tax collector will also have to serve 10 years of probation and register as a sex offender.

The US Attorney’s Office noted in its indictment that Greenberg used his position as a tax collector “to engage in a bold, brazen crime spree.”

The judge who presided over the case, Gregory Presnel, indicated that the sentence stemming from the federal guideline or guide “may not adequately punish Greenberg for his extensive crimes,” the outlet added.

In 2021, the US Department of Justice announced that it was investigating whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a minor under the age of 17 and violated federal sex trafficking laws. The Republican has not been charged in connection with the investigation and has fervently denied the allegations against him. EFE

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