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Gaetz friend accessed restricted database on 300 people

Jul. 31, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Joel Greenberg, the friend of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz who pleaded guilty earlier this year to identity theft and other charges, accessed a restricted state database through his position as a local tax collector in Florida to look up information about hundreds of people,...

Omaha man sentenced to prison for sex trafficking minor

Jul. 29, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to a single count of sex trafficking of a minor has been sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison. Glenn Whitney, 26, was sentenced Wednesday in Omaha’s federal court to 250 months in...

Guatemala arrests suspect in migrant smuggling murder of boy

Jul. 21, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Guatemala said Wednesday they have arrested a suspect in the slaying of a child whose mother was forced into prostitution by migrant smugglers. The woman had paid smugglers about $3,600 to take her to the United States, but once she...

Sports items sale sought in case against ally of Rep. Gaetz

Jul. 18, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of dollars in sports memorabilia owned by an associate of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz could be sold to recoup misused taxpayer money. Seminole County Attorney Bryant Applegate told the county commission last week that public money was used by...

Maine to give police new way to fight child trafficking

Jul. 15, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is increasing the ability of law enforcement officers to fight child sex trafficking. Democratic Rep. Genevieve McDonald proposed the change to Maine Criminal Code to make clear that people who attempt to patronize a minor for prostitution...

Judge grants sentence delay for cooperating Gaetz associate

Jul. 07, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge agreed Wednesday to delay the sentencing of a key associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida so he can keep cooperating in a broader sex trafficking investigation. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell rescheduled for Nov. 18 the...

Jeffrey Epstein's New Mexico ranch listed for $27.5 million

Jul. 02, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A sprawling New Mexico ranch belonging to deceased financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is on the market for $27.5 million. The 12-square-mile (30-square-kilometer) Zorro Ranch was put up for sale by Epstein's estate and includes a...

US hits 17 nations for not combating human trafficking

Jul. 01, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday designated 17 countries as not doing enough to combat human trafficking and warned them of potential U.S. sanctions. The administration also called out several U.S. allies and friends, including Israel, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal and...

N.H. man who ran prostitution, drug operations gets 21 years

Jun. 26, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man convicted of sex trafficking of a minor and other crimes has been sentenced to 21 years in prison, authorities said. The U.S. attorney's office in Hew Hampshire said Steven Tucker of Manchester was also ordered to pay $20,800...

Football, YMCA volunteer charged with underage sex

Jun. 19, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A volunteer football coach and YMCA youth advocate has been charged with child rape and sex trafficking, officials said. Kharee Louis-Jeune, 33, of Brockton, faces charges including child rape, trafficking a person for sexual servitude, and...