Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexting case

Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexting case

As part of the plea agreement, he will have to comply with the Sex Offender Registry and Notification Act.

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

The 52-year-old husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin will plead guilty to a single charge of "transferring obscene material to a minor", according to The New York Times. Although, the unnamed victim never meant to press charges as she thought their convos were consensual.

Weiner was already in federal custody ahead of the court hearing, which was scheduled for 11 a.m.

The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after the North Carolina girl told a tabloid news site that she and the disgraced former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months.

The scandal rocked the American political landscape, when a federal investigation of Weiner's computer allegedly revealed emails forwarded by his wife, Huma Abedin, who was working for Hillary Clinton.

Weiner pleaded guilty to a charge of transmitting sexual material to a minor and could get years in prison.

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Disgraced former United States congressman Anthony Weiner has cried in court as he pleaded guilty to sexting a 150-year-old girl.

Though Mr Comey said soon afterwards that the emails contained nothing to change his view that Mrs Clinton could not be charged with a crime, the development was seen as influencing voters in the run-up to polling on 8 November. Clinton later blamed Comey's actions for her loss to Donald Trump in the election.

David Schaefer, a spokesman for the law firm Covington & Burling, whose attorney, Arlo Devlin-Brown, is representing Weiner, said the former congressman's lawyer will comment later Friday.

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

New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner meets with people on a street corner In Harlem on September 10, 2013 in New York City.

Weiner continued: "While I have provided the Daily Mail with information showing that I have likely been the subject of a hoax, I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position".

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