In a little-noticed email published online Wednesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a young Dominican woman wrote nine months ago that she slept with 59-year-old New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez at a series of sex parties organized by Dr. Salomon Melgen, a longtime Menendez campaign donor.
“That senator also likes the youngest and newest girls,” the woman wrote on April 21, 2012, according to an English translation provided to The Daily Caller by a native Spanish speaker.
“In the beginning he seemed so serious, because he never spoke to anyone, but he is just like the others and has just about the same tastes as the doctor, very refined. I think they were taking us more often to get us checked [medically] because of him.”
TheDC is not disclosing the woman’s name because she may have been a minor when her alleged sexual encounters with Menendez occurred. Four different Spanish speakers who reviewed TheDC’s translation of her letter all said her Spanish writing indicated someone who was very young and unsophisticated.
CREW chose to publish her name, despite her concerns for her safety. (RELATED: Emails show FBI investigating Sen. Bob Menendez for sleeping with underage Dominican prostitutes)
“I do not want to have problems with those people,” she wrote, adding that she believed “I can trust you, that you will help us, and that nothing bad will happen to the other young girls, to me, or to my family.”
“The thing that worries me the most is that if they know that I spoke with someone they will find me,” she added.
The young woman wrote that she was recruited as an escort from an adult escort service called the Doll Palace, and that the code word “chocolate” would summon her and other girls to Melgen’s sex parties. She offered specific recollections of Melgen’s preferred pimp, the homes where she slept with his house guests for money, and the phone number her calls would come from.
Her account of the sex parties Menendez allegedly attended in the Dominican Republic is the most detailed to surface since TheDC first began reporting on the story in November.
She told her story to a tipster who forwarded the email to CREW; it was not included with the cache of documents he published online on Jan. 24. TheDC was first to report on that dossier about Sen. Menendez, which included an interview transcript in which a different women claimed she was 16 when she began sleeping with him.
That young prostitute said she had sex with Menendez “three times at least” in 2009. “The first one in February, and then in May and June. I recall his visit in June so well because that month was my 17th birthday.”
The woman whose email CREW released on Wednesday also recalled a sexual encounter with Menendez near her birthday, but said hers was in a different month.
“The first time I saw him was more than three years ago at the beginning of March, because it was around my birthday,” she wrote.
Melgen, she added, had Menendez as a house guest for sex parties regularly.
“His good friend [Menendez] is very important in the United States,” she wrote. “I met him in those house activities and just by looking at him one knows that he is very important and has money. I didn’t know he was a United States Senator; that was something that Peter [Williams] told me. … I know that the Senator comes from Miami with the doctor, but I do not know where he lives.”
In her email, the woman wrote that she became disenchanted with the initial glamour of partying with a wealthy doctor and his friend the U.S. senator.
“It was during some yacht outings that I realized I needed to get out of there,” she wrote, “because these people are so important and they do whatever they want with the world. … Look, there are many things I prefer not to remember and it is hard for me to talk about them too. I got into this world to find the money, but many things have happened.”
“There is a lot of hypocrisy. They are all very political and all, but I saw them doing things with those young girls and saying things so many times that they cannot trick me into believing that they are good, trusting people.”
She added that her sister is still caught up in the Dominican Republic’s prostitution scene.
“I also don’t want anything to happen to the girls who don’t know yet how this world they were born in works,” she wrote. “I want you to help me take them away, especially because I have a sister who is still in it.”
On Wednesday CREW released a collection of email correspondence related to the Menendez case that it collected in 2012. The group also released a letter it sent to the Department of Justice and the FBI on July 17, 2012, asking for a formal investigation.
In May 2012, CREW also referred the investigation to ABC News investigative producer Rhonda Schwartz. Despite being the first news outlet to learn of the allegations against Senator Menendez, the network has yet to air a story about the scandal. (RELATED: Major media outlets mum on Menendez FBI raid)
The FBI raided Melgen’s flagship clinic Tuesday night, hauling away evidence in what an FBI source told TheDC is an investigation tied directly to Menendez’s alleged illicit sexual activity with minors in the Dominican Republic. (RELATED: Woman at Melgen’s home says “these things happen all the time”)
A complete translation of the email follows, along with a copy of the original in Spanish.
This article was updated after publication to correct the date on which the email was sent. The correct date was April 21, 2012.
The original email (English translation):
I went to both of the doctor’s houses when they took us. The bigger one is the one I went to the most, that is in La Romana. They would let me and the other girls know with [the word] “chocolate.” The telephone they used was 809-***-****. The gifts they gave us were very expensive and the pimp is a bodyguard, the tallest one with the green eyes, who paid the girls. The pimp sometimes used to take us to see a medic for some checkups, because they are in charge of all of our health. He told me once that he lived in Bayaguana. I have a good impression of R*****, the chauffeur that said I remind him of his daughter. He is very good to me. The first time I met him was when I worked at the Doll Palace.
The house where they always take us is in La Romana. I have been in the room with the doctor and other male friends of his, the one at the end of the hallway past the patio that has the fountain. At other times I have been in the great room with the crystal windows, but the place I liked to be the most — and so do all of us — is on the terrace and in the pool, which is close to the golf club.
The doctor does not like to share the lovers that he likes. For two years he liked me, but after he brought in R******* it wasn’t the same because he preferred another one. He never shared Y******, but he was very upset because she went to bed with one of his friends and he did not like that at all.
His good friend is very important in the United States. I met him in those house activities and just by looking at him one knows that he is very important and has money. I didn’t know he was a United States Senator; that was something that Peter [Williams] told me. That Senator also likes the youngest and newest girls. In the beginning he seemed so serious, because he never spoke to anyone, but he is just like the others and has just about the same tastes as the doctor, very refined. I think they were taking us more often to get us checked because of him. The first time I saw him was more than three years ago, at the beginning of March because it was close to my birthday. There was another important man also there.
I remember another occasion a few months later when I also saw him. That time they called us to visit, but then they did not want to let us in. At the entrance the guards asked for identification, even though they never do it because the doctor’s people are always looking for girls. But that time I don’t know what happened. I don’t think he was in the house because he was out with his friend the American Senator; there was a scandal and they told us many disgusting things, it even came out in a radio show called Z101. It wasn’t until a few hours later that it was like nothing had happened, and I saw that important American, that Senator, with the doctor.
His friend is nice to us, but also has his preferences. I know that he likes to go “to let loose in the countryside” so no one will bother him. That is what one of them told me, but the pimp always tells us that these activities are very private and we can’t comment on them to anyone so that we can keep going and earn our money.
I know that the Senator comes from Miami with the doctor, but I do not know where he lives. It was during some yacht outings that I realized I needed to get out of there, because these people are so important and they do whatever they want with whomever they want.
V******* was there, who goes to many of the doctor’s functions and invents things [to do] with the young girls, and then forces them to do the same things with the doctor’s friend. And he really liked it and wanted to take them to another place, but I don’t know where. They threatened those girls and told them to not talk, and that they couldn’t leave.
Look, there are many things I prefer not to remember and it is hard for me to talk about them too. I got into this world to find the money, but many things have happened. There is a lot of hypocrisy. They are all very political and all, but I saw them doing things with those young girls and saying things so many times that they cannot trick me into believing that they are good, trusting people.
I do not want to have problems with those people, but Peter told me that I can trust you, that you will help us, and that nothing bad will happen to the other young girls, to me, or to my family.
He said that you are interested in the American friend, that American friend of the doctor, and that I will not have anything to do with it; the thing that worries me the most is that if they know that I spoke with someone they will find me and I also don’t want anything to happen to the girls who don’t know yet how this world they were born in works. I want you to help me take them away, especially because I have a sister who is still in it.
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