Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting teenage girl and faces prison sentence

Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting teenage girl and faces prison sentence

The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan says the Democrat will appear in court at 11 a.m. Friday.

Former US congressman Anthony Weiner on Friday pleaded guilty in federal court to sending sexually explicit messages to a teenage girl, ending an investigation into a "sexting" scandal that played a role in last year's US presidential election.

The judge accepted Weiner's guilty plea to a charge of transmitting sexual material to a minor, and he agreed to not appeal against any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison. The failed mayoral bid is the subject of the documentary Weiner.

"I knew this was as morally wrong, as it was unlawful", he said.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote will determine Weiner's punishment at his sentencing on September 8.

On Oct. 28, a week and a half before the election, the Federal Bureau of Investigation told Congress that it was reopening an inquiry into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State because investigators found her emails on Weiner's laptop, which had been seized in the sexting case. "And yet I remained in denial, even as the world around me fell apart". "I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt", he said.

Weiner quickly left the Manhattan courthouse after the proceedings, being hustled into a waiting vehicle and taking no questions from the throngs of reporters. The allegations first surfaced in the Daily Mail.

The New York Times first reported Weiner's surrender and expected plea.

"I have repeatedly demonstrated awful judgment about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent".

Weiner, who represented NY in Congress from 1999 to 2011, resigned after revelations that he was sending sexually explicit messages to multiple women.

The more recent sexting scandal with the teen led to the F.B.I. seizing Weiner's electronic devices, including a laptop computer on which agents found a trove of emails to his estranged wife, Huma Abedin.

He ran for New York City mayor in 2013 and was leading several polls until it was revealed he had continued his questionable behaviour. A message left with a representative for Abedin seeking comment Friday morning was not immediately returned.

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