Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty to Sending Minor Obscene Messages
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 8:49
The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after a 15-year-old North Carolina girl admitted that he had been sexting her for months and even asked her to undress for him on camera.
Weiner agreed to serve 21 to 27 months in prison but he will be released on $150,000 bond.
He surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday morning and was released on bail after agreeing to turn in his passport, limit his travel to NY and continue mental health treatment.
Intending to send a private message to a young woman, Weiner accidentally sent out an explicit picture of himself on his public Twitter feed. Explicit online messages also surfaced during his 2013 New York City mayoral run, according to reports.
Weiner is the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's top aide.
Weiner will now have to resister as a sex offender and could go to prison.
Weiner, who cried and apologized in court, surrendered to the FBI following its investigation.
Weiner said his "destructive impulses" have ruined his life, and said he has hit "rock bottom".
Weiner's lawyers had been negotiating with federal prosecutors to avoid child pornography charges, the New York Daily News said.
At the hearing, Weiner accepted responsibility for his conduct. "This fall, I came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness". It emerged that at least one photo pictured both Weiner's crotch and Abedin and Weiner's then four-year-old son. Then-FBI Director James Comey told Congress in late October he was therefore reopening the probe into Clinton's apparent mishandling of work-related emails as Secretary of State, but later said the messages changed nothing.
Weiner told the website he was "filled with regret and heartbroken", but said he had also been the subject of a hoax.