Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces charges in sexting case
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 5:59
He admitted exchanging online messages with the girl beginning in January 2015 and "sharing explicit images and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct".
The disgraced former Democratic rising star pleaded guilty to one federal count of transferring obscene material to a minor when he sent pictures of his genitals to an underaged girl.
In a written plea agreement, prosecutors said aggravating factors such as the age of the victim would have called for a prison sentence of up to 14 years under sentencing guidelines were it not for the plea bargain and a 10-year maximum penalty on the charge.
Weiner was already in federal custody ahead of the hearing.
The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after the 15-year-old North Carolina girl told a tabloid news site that she and Weiner had exchanged lewd messages for several months.
Weiner pleads guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor and will register as a sex offender.
Weiner, who served parts of New York City for 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, resigned in 2011 after an explicit photograph was posted on his Twitter account.
Original story: A former Democratic congressman who was brought down over sexting scandals is scheduled to plead guilty Friday.
They declined to immediately release additional details about the charges against him.
As part of the plea agreement, he also will have to forfeit his iPhone, surrender his passport, continue mental health treatment and is barred from having any contact with the girl. Weiner surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation early Friday morning, according to the newspaper.
David Schaefer, a spokesman for the law firm Covington & Burling, whose attorney, Arlo Devlin-Brown, is representing Weiner, said the former congressman's lawyer will comment later Friday.
As a result of their investigation into Weiner's sexting, the bureau opened a new investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server in October of previous year. Two days before the election, Comey wrote a second letter to Congress stating that no new evidence against Clinton was found, Fox News reported. The Daily Mail reported she said he sent her numerous photos, one of him in a pool and at least one bare-chested. That letter soon became public and Comey was accused of tilting the 2016 presidential election to Clinton's opponent, Donald Trump, even though Comey later revealed that the discovered Abedin messages were duplicates. Weiner ran for mayor of New York City in 2013 during which a similar sexting scandal unfolded.
Weiner also claimed at the time that he was "likely" the subject of a hoax.