Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty to Federal Obscenity Charge

Abedin filed in New York, asking the court to seal the divorce case, according to the New York Post.

The judge told him he would have to register as a sex offender.

The Democrat cried in court earlier Friday as he apologized for his behavior and said he had destroyed his "life's dream in public service".

The ex-congressman could face up 10 years in prison, but prosecutors predict he'll be sentenced to 21-27 months.

The official wasn't authorized to speak about the plea bargain because the criminal charges had yet to be filed publicly with the court and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. "Yet I remained in denial even as the world around me fell apart". I apologize to everyone I have hurt.

"I had hit bottom", he said. "Through treatment I found the courage to take a moral inventory of my defects".

Former congressman Anthony Weiner has left a New York City courtroom after pleading guilty to exchanging sexually explicit texts with a 15-year-old girl.

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, speaking afterward to reporters, said Weiner's conduct "was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced".

The two separated in August 2016 after he was caught in a sexting scandal with a 15-year-old girl.

He pleaded guilty to a single count of transmitting sexual material to a minor.

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.

This isn't the first time Weiner, who is married to long-time Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, has been in trouble over lewd messages sent to women.

The divorce news comes on the same day that Weiner pleaded guilty to sexting a minor. The emails had apparently been forwarded to the computer or transferred there for printing or storage.

In late October, just days before the election, FBI Director James Comey stunned the country by announcing that his agency was reopening its closed investigation into Clinton's handling of State Department business on a private email server so it could analyze the newly discovered correspondence. He later said the emails were duplicates of earlier material already examined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Weiner ran unsuccessfully for mayor of NY in 2013 in a campaign that collapsed when Weiner, using the alias "Carlos Danger", again was found to be sending explicit photographs. The controversy rumbled on and Weiner ended up with only 5% of the vote in the mayoral primary.

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