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Gaetz friend gets 11 years for sex crime, other counts

Dec. 01, 2022 14:05 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a federal probe into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for sex trafficking of a minor and other offenses. Joel Greenberg, former tax collector for Seminole County, was accused of...

Gaetz friend says lighter sentence deserved for cooperation

Nov. 30, 2022 14:06 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a federal investigation of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz learns this week how much prison time he gets on charges of sex trafficking a minor and identity theft, but not before trying to convince a judge that his cooperation in several...

Lawyer: Ex-Islamic State bride was child trafficking victim

Nov. 21, 2022 11:17 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for a British woman whose U.K. citizenship was removed after she travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group argued Monday that she should have been treated as a child trafficking victim. Shamima Begum, now 23, was 15 when she and two other...

Prosecutors: Reduced sentence, prison time for Gaetz friend

Nov. 19, 2022 13:38 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida tax collector whose arrest on sex trafficking and identity theft charges led to a probe of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz should get his sentence reduced for cooperating with authorities, but he still deserves prison time to send a message that no public official is...

Hearing for Iowa teen who killed rapist moved to January

Nov. 18, 2022 17:45 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An judge on Friday set a hearing for January to consider whether to order prison for an 18-year-old sex-trafficking victim in Iowa who killed her rapist and pleaded guilty last year to involuntary manslaughter and willful injury. Pieper Lewis was sentenced...

Kansas county to fund search of decades of detective's cases

Nov. 18, 2022 12:33 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of a Kansas county have pledged to find funding to help the local prosecutor's office search through decades of records connected to a former police detective who is accused of abusing Black women and girls. The Unified Government Commission voted...

Former Kansas detective, 3 others accused of sex trafficking

Nov. 14, 2022 17:27 PM EST

Federal prosecutors say a Kansas police detective and three other men ran a violent sex trafficking operation that targeted troubled teenage girls at an apartment complex in Kansas City, Kansas, in the 1990s. Former detective Roger Golubski, who has been accused of preying on Black...

US woman accused of smuggling Mayan relics in Guatemala

Nov. 14, 2022 16:34 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Just three days after she was caught at a Guatemalan airport trying to smuggle two 1,000-year-old Mayan relics out of the country, officials say, a U.S. woman has been caught again, this time riding in a vehicle with 166 other pre-Hispanic artifacts. The case...

Iowa teen who killed rapist being held in jail after escape

Nov. 09, 2022 14:56 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An 18-year-old sex trafficking victim who killed her rapist was being held in an Iowa jail Wednesday and could face a prison term after she walked away from a Des Moines women’s shelter where she was serving probation for a manslaughter conviction. Pieper...

Teen who killed rapist may face prison after leaving shelter

Nov. 07, 2022 16:13 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An 18-year-old sex trafficking victim who killed her rapist could be sent to prison after she walked away from an Iowa women’s shelter where she was serving probation following her conviction for manslaughter. An arrest warrant was issued for Pieper Lewis,...