In Florida, an investigation into child sex trafficking is underway, with one perpetrator, Joel Greenberg, having already pleaded guilty to a number of other crimes. Greenberg deserves to be in prison and child sex trafficking cases tend to draw public attention, but it’s Greenberg’s friend and alleged partner in crime getting most of the attention in this case. His friend is Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL), one of the Twitter trolls elected to the House of Representatives in the Republican Party.
On Monday, the investigation advanced in a significant way. The ex-girlfriend of Gaetz, who dated him for two years during the time when the alleged crimes occurred, was granted an immunity deal, according to NBC News. Immunity deals are only granted to those who have information that would assist an investigation into someone with a much larger involvement in the crime.
‘The ex-girlfriend, whose name is being withheld by NBC News to respect her privacy, has been in talks for months with prosecutors about an immunity deal. Under a possible deal, she would avoid prosecution for obstruction of justice in return for testifying in the investigation into whether Gaetz in 2017 had sex with a 17-year-old female for money and whether months later he and others violated a federal law prohibiting people from transporting others across state lines to engage in prostitution.’
Gaetz’s friend, Greenberg, faces up to 12 years in prison. Potential charges against Gaetz have not yet been listed, nor has the full purpose of the investigation. Some of the crimes for which Greenberg pleaded guilty, for instance, included corrupt acts committed as an elected official in Seminole County where he served as tax collector. It is unclear at this time whether Gaetz may also have been involved in those crimes.
Twitter was glad to hear of the advancement of the investigation and agreed that it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Read some of their comments below: