Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case

Amos Gonzales
May 20, 2017

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner has pleaded guilty to transmitting sexual material to a minor and could get years in prison. He said he continues to follow the treatment daily.

Update 11:39 a.m.: Former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner on Thursday pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a minor as part of an investigation into a sexting scandal. Through approximately March 2016, I engaged in obscene communications with this teenager, including sharing explicit images and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct, just as I had done and continued to do with adult women.

"These destructive impulses brought great devastation to family and friends, and destroyed my life's dream of public service", Weiner said.

US authorities have been investigating reports that Weiner, 52, sent explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. He said he knew his conduct was "as morally wrong as it was unlawful".

In a statement to CNN at the time of the first reports, Weiner neither confirmed or denied sending the texts.

The investigation into Weiner came to light after the Daily Mail, a British newspaper, published an interview with the North Carolina teen past year. He apologized to "everyone I have hurt", including the girl he "mistreated so badly".

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, speaking afterward to reporters, said Weiner's conduct "was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced". She told the publication that "he asked her to dress up in "school-girl" outfits" and tried to persuade her to participate in his "rape fantasies".

Abedin, a top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton previous year, separated from Weiner in September after revelations he had sent more sexually charged messages online.

Weiner was already in federal custody ahead of the hearing.

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"I had hit bottom", Weiner said.

In 2011, his tenure as a New York Democratic congressman fell apart when he tweeted a photograph of himself aroused and wearing only his underwear.

The investigation led FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which led to the discovery of a new cache of emails that Clinton had sent to Abedin.

Shortly before the election, then-FBI Director James Comey announced that the newly discovered emails needed to be examined, as part of the investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server.

That inquiry was brief. The Comey letters and late-in-the-election investigation have been blamed for Clinton's loss to President Donald Trump, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Weiner ran unsuccessfully for mayor of NY in 2013 in a campaign that collapsed when Weiner, using the alias "Carlos Danger", again was found to be sending explicit photographs.

Weiner's lawyer, Arlo Devlin Brown, didn't immediately return a message Friday.

His failed mayoral bid was the subject of a documentary called Weiner.

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