Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty in Sexting Case, Could Get Years in Prison
The “sexting” case played a part in the 2016 presidential election. At the time, he was married to Huma Abedin, a Hillary Clinton aide. He agreed not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison.
In a written plea agreement, prosecutors said aggravating factors such as the age of the victim would have called for a prison sentence of up to 14 years under sentencing guidelines were it not for the plea bargain and a 10-year maximum penalty on the charge.
“I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse“, the ex-lawmaker said.
The Democrat will appear in court at 11 A.M., the US attorney’s office in Manhattan said. Weiner is believed to have known the girl was underage.
July 22: With Weiner leading in the polls, a gossip website posts sexually explicit messages it says were exchanged between Weiner and a woman later identified as in native Sydney Leathers. He started a virtual relationship with her, even though he “knew that was morally wrong”.
The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after a 15-year-old North Carolina girl told a tabloid news site that she and the disgraced former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months.
Weiner has to register as a sex offender.
Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner will appear in federal court to face criminal charges in an investigation of his online communications with a teenage girl in North Carolina.
He was released on $150,000 bail and is due back in court September 8 for sentencing, officials said. “Weiner’s conduct was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced“.
The former rising star in the Democratic Party saw his career as a United States congressman come to a halt in June 2011. 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. Abedin officially filed for divorce on Friday, according to the New York Post.
However, investigators found Abedin forwarded only a handful of emails to Weiner to print, and she did not make a “regular practice” of doing so.
Weiner, who represented part of Brooklyn and Queens from 1999 until his resignation in 2011, was also ordered to surrender his iPhone to authorities, according to court documents.
NBC News reports that Weiner sent pornographic videos to the girl and asked her to reciprocate with nudes and masturbation videos.