Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case, agrees to do prison time

USA media reported shortly after the guilty plea that wife Huma Abedin had filed for divorce.

Weiner, 52, will plead guilty to a charge of distributing obscenities to a minor, and prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence of about two years, the sources said.

"I am guilty your honour, " Weiner said in a NY court, tearing up as he struggled to read a prepared statement, according to reports. "I apologize to everyone that I have hurt". Anthony claimed that the relationship with the North Carolina teenager "who said she was a high school student" began after she got in touch with him online.

He surrendered to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in NY early Friday and appeared in court late-morning, telling U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska how he had communicated with the teenager, "as I had done and continued to do with adult women", according to his plea statement, which was released by his attorney.

Weiner, who represented NY in Congress from 1999 to 2011, resigned after revelations that he was sending sexually explicit messages to multiple women. Weiner later admitted that he had exchanged explicit messages and photos with at least six other women. He will also have to register as a sex offender. His sentencing is scheduled for September 8.

Weiner was already in federal custody ahead of the hearing.

Weiner is estranged from Huma Abedin, a top aide to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The New York Times first reported Weiner's surrender and expected plea.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: Huma Abedin, wife of Anthony Weiner, a leading candidate for New York City mayor, speaks during a press conference on July 23, 2013 in New York City.

Clinton's team blamed Comey's decision to release the documents ahead of the presidential voting as the reason for the Democrat's unexpected loss to President Donald Trump.

A month earlier, Abedin announced she was separating from her husband after it emerged he sent a photo of himself in his underpants with his toddler son nearby.

Citing the newly discovered Weiner emails, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said last October that it was reopening its probe into the security of Clinton's emails during her time as secretary of state, but it closed the probe again in November without taking any prosecutorial action. Both the Daily Mail and the New York Daily News said they had confirmed her identity.

  • Larry Hoffman