Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces charges in sexting case

Posted May 20, 2017

Disgraced former US Congressman Anthony Weiner on Friday pled guilty to sending sexually explicit messages to a minor, a charge that can carry a sentence of up to ten years in prison.

Weiner was released on bail and will be sentenced on September 8.

The exchanges occurred while his now-estranged wife, Huma Abedin, was on the campaign trail with her boss, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

It capped the long, tortured downfall of Weiner, who ruined a once-promising career in Congress and then spoiled various attempts at resurrecting his reputation, all through his uncontrolled habit of using social media and texts to send explicit images to women.

Weiner ran for New York City mayor in 2013 before the second sexting scandal hit.

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Pleading guilty to the charge, which requires him to register as a sex offender, could bring a sentence of up to 10 years.

Wearing a navy suit, maroon tie and his wedding band, a tearful Weiner, 52, described his conduct before U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in New York City.

Prosecutors alleged that Weiner had been exchanging sexually explicit messages with a then-high school sophomore for months and had been under federal investigation since.

Weiner, 52, stepped down from his congressional seat in 2011 over a sex scandal and was again exposed during his 2013 bid for NY mayor.

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Weiner was reelected six times, but was forced to resign in 2011 after admitting to "inappropriate conversations" with six women during three years, including on Facebook, e-mail, Twitter and on the phone.

Days before the November presidential election, now-former FBI director James Comey told Congress about the FBI investigation into emails between Clinton and her aides, The Times reported a year ago.

The FBI determined the newly-discovered emails didn't contain any new information, but Clinton recently blamed the eleventh-hour disclosure as central to her election defeat.

On May 19, he pleaded guilty to a sex charge, tearfully apologizing for communications with the teen that he said destroyed his "life's dream in public service".

Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon H. Kim told reporters after the hearing that Weiner's behavior "was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced". But that failed after additional explicit photos emerged.

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