Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to 'sexting' minor, says he has 'a sickness'

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty Friday to transferring obscene material to a minor, according to the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of NY. The charge comes with a potential of up to 10 years in prison.

"I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", Weiner said in court.

The judge will decide his punishment and he will be sentenced on September 8.

The charge stems from the sexually charged text messages and Skype conversations Weiner, now 52, exchanged with a 15-year-old girl from January to March 2016.

The investigation led FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which led to the discovery of a new cache of emails that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had sent to Huma Abedin, Weiner's wife.

His estranged wife, Huma Abedin, the one-time close aide to Hillary Clinton, filed for divorce the same day.

The former congressman is expected to enter the plea Friday.

Leathers said she encouraged the underage girl to report Weiner to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - a move that resulted in the agency's re-opening of its probe into Hillary Clinton's emails.

Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after he was caught lying to the media about his propensity to send sexting messages over Twitter.

Weiner, 51, shed tears in the federal court and apologized as he made his plea, according to TMZ.

"I knew it was morally wrong and unlawful", Weiner told the court, stopping to wipe his brow, sniff and sip water from a bottle.

Weiner wept as he read a prepared statement to the court admitting that he "compulsively sought" women for "sexual and non-sexual communication" which has had "devastating consequences" to him and his family.

Besides sending her inappropriate photos of himself, his victim said Weiner asked her to undress on camera.

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.

Clinton believes the hit her campaign took from the revelation led her to lose the election to Donald Trump.

Weiner ended up in fifth place in the mayoral race, far behind the victor, current New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio.

  • Leroy Wright