Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexting case

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner will appear in federal court Friday to face criminal charges in connection with an investigation of his online communications with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

September 21: The DailyMail.com publishes an interview with a 15-year-old girl who claims she had sexually explicit online text and video exchanges with Weiner.

He launched an unsuccessful bid to become mayor of New York City in 2013, but was defeated in the Democratic primaries by current mayor Bill de Blasio. Prosecutors asked that he receive nearly two years in prison and that he register as a sex offender.

Mere hours after disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner cried in court Friday, his wife and longtime Hillary Clinton aide, Human Abedin, officially filed for divorce. Prosecutors are expected to recommend two years in prison, though Weiner's attorneys are likely to ask for probation.

He promised to make amends to those he has hurt, including the teen, "whom I've treated so badly", the Times said, quoting Weiner's courtroom statement.

"Weiner's conduct was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced".

"Beginning with my service in Congress and continuing into the first half of previous year", his statement said, "I have compulsively sought attention from women who contacted me on social media. Yet I remained in denial even as the world around me fell apart".

Amid sobs, he said that last fall he "came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness. I had hit bottom".

Abedin brought an anonymous versus anonymous action in Manhattan Supreme Court Friday, and she's asking for the court to seal the case, according to the New York Post. Anthony's sentencing will take place on September 8, during which a judge will decide his ultimate punishment.

A documentary called "Weiner", focusing on his sexting scandal, premiered past year in theaters.

October 28: In a letter to Congress, then-FBI Director James Comey says his agency is investigating whether there is classified information in newly discovered emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic presidential nominee.

An FBI investigation into Mrs Clinton's private use of email while she was secretary of state was closed after officials said nothing incriminating was found. "I knew this was as morally wrong as it was unlawful".

A defendant's decision to plead guilty, of course, is subject to change at the last minute.

She and her father said they agreed to talk out of concern that Weiner, who was driven out of Congress and the 2013 NY mayoral race due to highly publicized and sexually charged online relationships with other women, might be a threat to other underage girls.

After more revealing photos of him emerged, Weiner resigned his seat in Congress on June 16, 2011.

  • Larry Hoffman