Former US representative Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case
The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after a North Carolina teenager told a tabloid news site that she and the disgraced former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months.world Updated: May 19, 2017 22:09 IST
Former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty on Friday to the charge of sending obscene material to a minor.
“I am guilty your honour,’’ Weiner said in a New York court, tearing up as he struggled to read a prepared statement, according to reports. “I knew this was as morally wrong as it was unlawful.”
The charge is punishable with a maximum jail sentence of up to 10 years, but under the plea deal prosecutors are expect to seek between 24 and 27 months.
Weiner was already in federal custody ahead of the hearing. The judge told him he would have to register as a sex offender.
The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after the North Carolina girl told a tabloid news site, the Daily Mail, that she and the disgraced former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months.
She also accused him of asking her to undress on camera.
The investigation led FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which led to the discovery of a new cache of emails that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had sent to Huma Abedin, Weiner’s wife who is of Indian-Pakistani descent .
In 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.
That inquiry was brief. Comey announced shortly before the election that the new emails contained nothing to change his view that Clinton could not be charged with a crime. But Clinton partly blamed her election loss to Republican Donald Trump on Comey’s announcement.
(With agency inputs)