Example No 233 Sen. Robert Menendez may have had sex with underage hookers in Dominican Republic: prosecutors BY Dan Friedman NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 24, 2015, 7:51 PM A A A Share this URL Andrew Harnik/AP Prosecutors said the hooker allegations against Sen. Bob Menendez 'were not so easily disprovable as the defendants suggest.' WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors said Monday that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez might have cavorted with underage hookers after all. Lawyers for the New Jersey Democrat last week asked a federal judge to dismiss charges that the senator took bribes from a Florida eye doctor, Salomon Melgen, and in exchange used his power to do business and personal favors for him. The defense said the case is bogus because it sprang from discredited and "easily disprovable" claims that Menendez slept with underage prostitutes while hosted by Melgen at a Dominican Republic villa. Neither man was charged with soliciting underage prostitutes. Some of the women who made the allegations later recanted their claims. But in a motion Monday asking the judge to ignore the defense arguments, Justice Department lawyers say the hooker allegations "were not so easily disprovable as the defendants suggest." Prosecutors used the defense claims to highlight previously undisclosed tidbits on Menendez's pursuit of younger woman. The lawyers say they received "specific, corroborated allegations that defendants Menendez and Melgen had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic." The filing discloses circumstantial information linking Menendez to prostitutes. The prosecutors noted eyewitness testimony that Melgen, 61, attended a party that included prostitutes, and that he flew "numerous young women" to the Dominican Republic on his private jet. "Many of these young women receive substantial financial support from defendant Melgen," prosecutors say. Julio Cortez/AP The feds are investigating allegations that Menendez and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen (pictured) had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. Melgen flew two strippers he met at a South Florida "Gentleman's Club" to his villa after paying them a combined $3,000, the government says. A pilot described a series of "young girls" who "look like escorts" on Melgen's plane, prosecutors wrote. "Some of the young women who received substantial sums of money from defendant Melgen were in the same place as defendant Menendez at the same times," the government notes. Prosecutors say that when the allegations about hookers surfaced, Menendez lied, making the "demonstrably false" claim that he'd only flown on Melgen's plane three times. Menendez's defense complained that prosecutors "flooded the grand jury proceedings with inflammatory questions regarding sexual relationships, affairs, lavish gifts which are unrelated" to the charges he faces. But prosecutors said they "did not interview or subpoena all of" Melgen or Menendez's girlfriends. They called only those who were involved in the corrupt exchange where Menendez used his power to help "Melgen bring his foreign girlfriends into the United States," while Melgen used his wealth to help "Menendez take his American girlfriends on exotic overseas vacations." To Menendez's claim that they went out of their way to imply he had an improper relationship with a female staffer, prosecutors noted the aide stayed with Menendez at Melgen's villa twice, and flew there with the senator on Melgen's jet. Those are flights "Menendez did not pay for or report, and continued to conceal after the allegations surfaced," prosecutors said.