Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces charges in sexting case

Jay Anderson
May 20, 2017

The 52-year-old has been charged with the transferring of obscene material to a minor, which was bundled in a plea deal with Manhattan's U.S. Attorney's Office. Mr. Weiner surrendered to the F.B.I. early Friday morning. He agreed to not appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison. 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".

"I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position".

The Democratic former US Representative apologised to the teenager, saying: "I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse".

Weiner will be sentenced on September 8.

Original story: A former Democratic congressman who was brought down over sexting scandals is scheduled to plead guilty Friday.

Weiner's lawyers had been negotiating with federal prosecutors to avoid child pornography charges, the New York Daily News said. The guilty plea would likely mean Weiner will have to register a sex offender.

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The controversy over Clinton's use of a private email server while she was us secretary of state dogged her throughout the campaign.

In October, days before the election, then FBI director James Comey stunned the country by announcing that his agency was reopening its closed investigation into Mrs Clinton's handling of State Department business on a private email server so it could analyse the newly discovered correspondence.

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is crying in court as he apologizes to the 15-year-old girl with whom he exchanged sexually explicit texts.

Trump fired Comey days later amid the FBI's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to defeat Clinton, an allegation he has vehemently denied.

Officials began to investigate Weiner over the allegations past year, and the probe into Weiner even affected the 2016 presidential campaign. His social media habits continued after leaving Congress and contributed to his poor showing with his 2013 New York City mayoral campaign, a race in which he had once been a leading contender.

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