Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 9:25
July 22: With Weiner leading in the polls, a gossip website posts sexually explicit messages it says were exchanged between Weiner and a woman later identified as in native Sydney Leathers.
The former congressman is expected to enter the plea Friday. "Mr. Weiner will not be addressing this matter beyond his statement this morning in Court, and remains focused on his recovery".
"Today, former Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted and pled guilty to sending sexually explicit images and directions to engage in sexual conduct to a girl he knew to be 15 years old", acting US Attorney Joon H. Kim of the Southern District of NY said in a statement. Weiner will likely end up as a registered sex offender, according to the Times.
In a plea agreement with prosecutors, he agreed not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison.
"We work every day in the FBI and law enforcement to stop aduls from preying on vulnerable children", FBI Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement.
Weiner will plead guilty to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, according to The Times.
Weiner's political career ended after his penchant for sexting strangers became public. For those who haven't seen the Anthony Weiner pictures, they're still on internet and the scandal is still all people think about when they hear his name.
The incident spilled over into the presidential race when investigators seized Weiner's laptop and found a cache of purportedly new emails that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent to Abedin.
"I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", Weiner said, apologizing to the 15-year-old girl to whom he sent inappropriate images and messages last year. The story claimed, "Anthony Weiner carried on a months-long online sexual relationship with a troubled 15-year-old girl telling her she made him "hard, ' asking her to dress up in 'school-girl" outfits and pressing her to engage in 'rape fantasies'".
His estranged wife Huma Abedin - once one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides - filed for divorce hours later.
Many Democrats, including Clinton, have said the timing of the announcement that the investigation had been renewed contributed to her November loss.
Abedin, 40, split from her husband last summer, but the pair reconciled in March.
He stepped down from his congressional seat in 2011 over a series of sex scandals and was again exposed during his 2013 bid for New York City mayor.
The charge could technically call for a sentence up to 10 years.