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Florida Republican Charged With Child Sex Trafficking In ‘Sugar Daddy’ Scheme

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Former Seminole County, Florida, official Joel Greenberg, a Republican, has been indicted in sex trafficking charges, the Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday.

According to the indictment filed Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s office, Greenberg illegally used his position to gain access to a state database to look up personal information of young girls with whom he was engaged in “sugar daddy” relationships to created fake IDs for them. A sugar daddy is a term that refers to a wealthy man who dates a younger woman and gives her gifts in exchange for sex.

Greenberg was first indicted in June by a federal grand jury on charges that he stalked a political opponent in the Republican primary for the Tax Collector’s race and identity theft. He resigned a day later and dropped his bid for re-election.

On June 23, federal agents arrested Greenberg at his home in the gated Heathrow community near Lake Mary.

During a search of the home, agents confiscated electronic equipment from the home, including Greenberg’s and his wife’s cell phones and computers, according to court documents.

Inside a backpack that was on a seat in Greenberg’s vehicle belonging to the Tax Collector’s Office, agents found several fake IDs, according to court records. Agents also found materials used to create fake IDs at Greenberg’s office at the Tax Collector’s administrative office in Lake Mary.

According to the indictment, Greenberg twice produced fake identification using a Puerto Rico driver’s license and a Florida driver’s license.

A trial won’t be scheduled until after January 2021, according to the court record.