Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexting case

Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexting case

Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexting case

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

Weiner has admitted to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, and won't appeal his sentence.

He was released on bail Friday ahead of a sentencing hearing scheduled for September 8.

We thank the FBI and the NYPD for their work in this investigation. Weiner could potentially avoid jail time, although he'll be required to register as a sex offender.

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As part of his plea, Weiner agreed to forfeit his iPhone.

The charge relates to Weiner's "sexting" scandal in which he exchanged sexually explicit text messages with a 15-years old girl last year.

It is alleged that Weiner shared "rape fantasies" with the girl, and asked her to dress up in school uniform during their Skype conversations, which went on for several months.

Weiner's attorney, Arlo Devlin-Brown, said in a statement that the former politician "accepted full responsibility for the inappropriate, sexually explicit communications he engaged in early previous year". Phone messages left Friday with the North Carolina girl's father were not immediately returned.

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"As reflected in the plea agreement, the resolution on terms far less severe than could have been sought reflect 'the specific circumstances of the offense conduct in this case, ' which did not feature aggravating factors often present in cases of this kind", Devlin-Brown said. He added that Weiner remains "focused on his recovery".

The investigation into the then-51-year-old's relationship with the girl landed a trove of emails between Weiner and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a principal aide to then-candidate Hillary Clinton, in the F.B.I.'s lap.

Weiner will plead guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, pursuant to a plea agreement with the USA attorney's office in New York City, one of the people said. Two days before the election, Comey wrote a second letter to Congress stating that no new evidence against Clinton was found, Fox News reported. That letter soon became public and Comey was accused of tilting the 2016 presidential election to Clinton's opponent, Donald Trump, even though Comey later revealed that the discovered Abedin messages were duplicates.

Two years later, another incident permanently damaged his bid for New York City mayor, a period captured in the documentary Weiner. 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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