Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexting case

Nick Mcbride
May 20, 2017

The F.B.I. opened an investigation into Weiner after the Daily Mail reported that Weiner had had contact with a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina.

Several media outlets reported that Weiner checked into a rehabilitation center to undergo sex addiction treatment following the incident.

The former Democratic congressman's promising political career imploded after a series of scandals involving inappropriate sexual exchanges with women online. Weiner will have to register as a sexual offender, according to Bloomberg.

It was during the investigation that the FBI seized Weiner's electronic devices, including a laptop computer on which agents found a trove of emails to his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Clinton.

Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner was expected to plead guilty in federal court in NY on Friday, months after U.S. prosecutors opened an investigation into his alleged "sexting" with a 15-year-old girl that eventually played a role in the U.S. presidential election.

The sources familiar with the deal told NBC New York that the 52-year-old former New York lawmaker will plead guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.

One of the women, Sydney Leathers, claimed Weiner sent her nude photographs and had phone sex with her.

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They declined to immediately release additional details about the charges against him.

A message left with a representative for Abedin seeking comment Friday morning was not returned.

In October, just days before the election, FBI director James Comey announced the bureau was reopening its closed investigation into whether ex-Secretary of State Clinton had used a private email server for classified documents in order to assess the newly-discovered correspondence. Clinton has said that Comey's announcement was part of why she lost the election. A decision which came during the final push for Donald Trump and Clinton for the presidency.

Weiner was forced to resign from Congress, where he represented parts of New York City, in June 2011, not long after an explicit picture, sent from his Twitter account, became public.

On Friday, Weiner described his repeated transgressions as compulsive behavior and said that since a year ago he has been receiving "intensive" mental health treatment.

He ran for New York City mayor in 2013 and was leading several polls until it was revealed he had continued his questionable behavior. His failed mayoral bid was the subject of the documentary Weiner.

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