The online sexting relationship allegedly went on for months between Weiner and a girl claiming to be just 15.
Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner was expected to plead guilty in federal court in NY on Friday, months after U.S. prosecutors opened an investigation into his alleged “sexting” with a 15-year-old girl that eventually played a role in the U.S. presidential election.
Weiner admitted to sharing explicit images with the 15-year-old and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct; he said he knew his behavior was “as morally wrong as it was unlawful”. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 8, 2017. The charge carried a potential 10-year prison term.
Weiner paused to compose himself as he read from a letter he prepared for his plea. “I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt”, he said.
“These destructive impulses brought great devastation to family and friends, and destroyed my life’s dream of public service”, Weiner said.
He told the court that this fall he “came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness“. “I had hit bottom”. Weiner apologizes “for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused”.
Finished speaking, he wiped his eyes with tissues.
Weiner is due in Manhattan federal court later Friday morning. Afterward, he shook hands with prosecutors, telling them: “Thanks, guys”.
June 11: Weiner seeks a temporary leave of absence from the House while he seeks professional treatment. He said nothing to reporters.
Abedin, 40, split from her husband last summer, but the pair reconciled in March. That bid was ruined when news broke that Weiner, using the alias “Carlos Danger”, had sent explicit pictures to an IN woman.
According to the teen, Weiner, 51, asked her to undress and encouraged her to touch herself and say his name over video chat.
Weiner’s lawyer, Arlo Devlin Brown, didn’t immediately return a message Friday.
He also will have to surrender his passport, forfeit his iPhone, and continue therapy.
The incident spilled over into the presidential race when investigators seized Weiner’s laptop and found a cache of purportedly new emails that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent to Abedin.
The FBI in October said it was reviewing a new batch of emails that “appear to be pertinent” to its previous investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server while she was secretary of state.
That inquiry was brief.
Abedin, one of Clinton’s most trusted aides, regularly forwarded Hillary Clinton’s emails to Weiner, former FBI Director James Comey revealed earlier this month.
Clinton’s team blamed Comey’s decision to release the documents ahead of the presidential voting as the reason for the Democrat’s unexpected loss to President Donald Trump.
The disgraced former congressman acknowledged he communicated online with a girl who accused him of sending sexually explicit messages, but said he’s also been the subject of a hoax.
May 22: Weiner launches his re-entry into the world of politics with a run for New York City mayor, asking voters for a second chance.