NEW YORK, May 19, 2017 ⏤ Former Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner has finally hit rock bottom. He pleaded guilty on Friday to felony charges of transmitting sexual material to a minor.
Weiner will have to register as a sex offender in New York. He agreed not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison. He also apologized in court:
“I accept full responsibility for my conduct; I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse. I apologize to everyone I have hurt. I apologize to the teenage girl, whom I mistreated so badly. I am committed to making amends to all those I have harmed.”
While Weiner was pleading guilty, his wife Huma Abedin was filing divorce papers in Manhattan Supreme Court. Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 over an earlier sexting scandal.
U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim addressed reporters, saying Weiner’s conduct “was not only reprehensible but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced.”
The plea agreement ended a federal investigation into a series of explicit photos that Weiner sent to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.
Weiner attempted to revive his career in 2013 when he ran for mayor of New York. But that attempt failed when additional explicit photos emerged. Weiner told the court that in January 2016, he was contacted by and began exchanging online messages with “a stranger who said that she was a high school student, and who I understood to be 15 years old.”
Weiner was embroiled in the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton, when it turned out that the computer on which he did some of his sexting was also used by his wife and former Clinton aide Abedin and contained potentially classified emails from Clinton. Weiner’s computer helped sabotage Clinton’s White House dreams. The divorce filings could result in an ugly public split for the political power couple, who have a 5-year old son.