Ex-US Congressman Weiner pleads guilty in teen 'sexting' case

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2017

Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman from NY, pleaded guilty to transferring obscene materials to a minor in a federal court in Manhattan on Friday.

A law enforcement official said Weiner has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.

The ex-congressman could face up 10 years in prison, but prosecutors predict he'll be sentenced to 21-27 months.

He entered his plea earlier in the day at a Manhattan court and was released on bail, pending sentencing on 8 September.

Weiner was forced to resign from Congress in 2011 after his first sexting scandal, in which it was revealed that he had been exchanging sexually explicit messages with multiple women.

The revelation led to his wife, top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, separating from him. Weiner checked into rehab for sex addiction a year ago.

Weiner said he began getting mental health treatment in the fall, when he said he "came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness". He started a virtual relationship with her, even though he "knew that was morally wrong".

Investigators say Weiner, then 51, began exchanging illicit text messages with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina in January 2016.

Weiner is due in Manhattan federal court later Friday morning.

In one of the photos, Weiner is holding their 3-year-old son.

Weiner admitted to engaging in "obscene communications with this teenager, including sharing explicit images and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct", according to the newspaper.

The case came to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation last year when the 15-year-old girl in North Carolina told the Daily Mail about her online communications with Weiner. Clinton blamed her election loss to Donald Trump partly on Comey's action.

The disgraced politician pleaded guilty in federal court to sexting a 15-year-old girl. Weiner apologizes "for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused".

According to the teen, Weiner, 51, asked her to undress and encouraged her to touch herself and say his name over video chat. His failed mayoral bid was the subject of the documentary "Weiner".

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