Weiner is due in Manhattan federal court later Friday morning. The filing is uncontested, meaning she is not expecting a fight over custody or the couple’s assets.
The judge told him he would have to register as a sex offender.
The plea stems from an investigation of his 2016 text exchanges with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.
Last summer, a British tabloid reported that he was still sexting, and that one of his interlocutors was a 15-year-old girl.
Weiner said in court that he was first contacted by the girl in January 2016 and that for two months, he “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”.
July 23: Weiner says he won’t drop out of mayoral race, saying at a news conference: “This is entirely behind me”. The plea deal with federal prosecutors included Weiner’s agreement not to appeal any sentence of 27 months or less. Ultimately, the judge will decide Weiner’s punishment. “I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt”, he said.
He then went down the courthouse elevator surrounded by his lawyers and court officers and left the building. Phone messages left Friday with the North Carolina girl’s father were not immediately returned.
In a statement, attorney Arlo Devlin-Brown said his client had “apologized, offered no excuses and made a commitment to make amends”.
The sexting case unexpectedly played a prominent role in the election, after investigators looking into Weiner’s laptop found some of Abedin’s work emails. Federal authorities in NY and North Carolina had been investigating online communications between Weiner and a 15-year-old girl. On Oct. 28, former FBI Director James Comey sent a letter informing Congress that agents were reviewing the emails “to determine whether they contain classified information” relevant to a separate investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State.
Many Democrats, including Clinton, have said the timing of the announcement that the investigation had been renewed contributed to her November loss.
At the time, he apologized, vowed to change his behavior, and launched a bid to be New York’s mayor in 2013.
Weiner, once considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, had represented his congressional district in Brooklyn and Queens for nearly 12 years before he stepped down in 2011 after admitting to sending sexually explicit social media messages and texts to women.