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Joel Greenberg pleaded guilty at the United States Federal Court House in May in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

Joel Greenberg, a former associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), requested on Tuesday that his sentencing be delayed as he cooperates with prosecutors.

Why it matters: Greenberg is a key figure in a federal sex crimes investigation involving Gaetz — who has not been charged with any crimes and denies any wrongdoing, including over allegations that he was sexually involved with a 17-year-old girl.

  • Greenberg has pleaded guilty to criminal charges including sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl and wire fraud.

What's happening: Lawyers for Greenberg filed a federal court motion to delay the former tax collector's sentencing hearing for 90 days, arguing that his cooperation with prosecutors "could impact his ultimate sentence."

  • "The parties expect that Mr. Greenberg will participate in additional proffers, and a continuance would provide Mr. Greenberg with additional time to do so prior to his sentencing," the motion stated.

Go deeper: Gaetz declares he's "not going anywhere" amid sex trafficking probe

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R. Kelly found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking

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Singer R. Kelly on Monday was found guilty of racketeering and eight counts of violating an anti-sex trafficking law, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Sexual misconduct allegations have surrounded R. Kelly's career, including a child sexual abuse image case in 2008 in which he was acquitted. Multiple other victims have come forward to speak about the abuse in recent years.

Updated 3 hours ago - World

Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

4 hours ago - World

Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne spent longer under lockdown than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.

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