In Menendez saga, prostitute points to wealthy Dominican politician as sex-party participant

The Daily Caller has censored the name of the email’s author because she may have been underage when she began attending the sex parties she described. When TheDC published the email on Jan. 31, the name “Vinicito” was also blacked out.

In the April 28 email, the prostitute said one of the sex parties including Sen. Menendez occurred in mid-May, 2010.

“The bit about specific days is not so easy to remember,” she wrote, “but I can remember they were around February 21, the beginning of March, around May 23 and another time in June 2009.”

“I also saw them in May 2010 — I think it was mid-[May], around the 15th or 16th, and that time I remember they had a big event for the American with important people.”

The timeline suggests that the young woman was referring to a fundraising dinner held in Menendez’s honor at Melgen’s Dominican home at the grandiose Casa de Campo resort, on May 15, 2010. (RELATED: Menendez admits frequent Dominican travel, reimburses FBI-raided donor $58,500 for private jet flights)

Listin Diario, the Dominican Republic’s oldest newspaper, covered the event and published a photograph of Menendez, Melgen, Vinicito Castillo, and the paper’s editor-in-chief Miguel Franjul.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) reimbursed Melgen for the use of his private jet during that 2010 trip, which Federal Aviation Administration records show began in Atlanta on May 14 at 8:02 p.m., a few hours after Menendez delivered a keynote address to the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

The plane’s destination was La Romana International Airport, a few miles away from Melgen’s home, the site of the fundraiser.

FAA records also indicate that on May 16, the plane took off for San Juan, Puerto Rico shortly after 11:30 a.m. That night, records show, the DSCC — which Menendez then chaired — raised more than $70,000 at another event.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger has reported that New Millennium, Menendez’s political action committee, paid more than $1,600 to the El San Juan Hotel, just next to the airport, on May 20, but he was back in Washington by May 18, casting five votes in the Senate.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Menendez did not respond to an email asking for confirmation that the senator had spent time on Castillo’s yacht, moored at the Casa de Campo Marina. Neither Castillo could be reached for comment.

This story was corrected to reflect that the first email from Peter Williams to CREW was on April 9, 2012, not April 9, 2010. TheDC regrets the error.

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