Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexting case

Owen Stevens
May 20, 2017

The judge told him he would have to register as a sex offender.

In court, the 52-year-old former Democratic congressman paused repeatedly as he fought back tears and tried to compose himself.

A charge of transferring obscenity to a minor carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. "I have a sickness", he said, "but I do not have an excuse".

He became infamous and resigned from his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after a previous sexting scandal.

His sexting scandals not only ended his political career and but they also entangled him in the F.B.I investigation of Hillary Clinton before the election.

Schaefer would not confirm if the plea was part of a deal. Abedin had announced her separation from Weiner last summer after a new round of explicit messages emerged that included an image of Weiner's crotch as he lay in bed with their young son. Phone messages left Friday with the North Carolina girl's father were not immediately returned. It's the end of practically any remaining hope for Weiner to ever work in politics again.

"Weiner's conduct was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime", Kim said.

In court, Weiner cried as he apologized to the teenager with whom he exchanged sexually explicit texts.

The investigation into Weiner's alleged communications with the girl, which led the FBI to seize a laptop containing emails to his wife and top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, surfaced in September 2016 after the Daily Mail reported on his relationship with the minor.

In late October, days before the election, then FBI director James Comey stunned the country by announcing that his agency was reopening its closed investigation into Mrs Clinton's handling of State Department business on a private email server so it could analyse the newly discovered correspondence. He led the polls during his second mayoral bid in 2013 until it was revealed he had continued his questionable behavior after his resignation from Congress in 2011.

Trump fired Comey days later amid the FBI's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to defeat Clinton, an allegation he has vehemently denied.

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