Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Ex-U.S. Congressman Weiner pleads guilty in teen 'sexting' case

Ex-U.S. Congressman Weiner pleads guilty in teen 'sexting' case

The plea, which will be filed in the Southern District of NY, comes almost six years after Weiner, once considered a rising star of the Democratic Party, resigned from Congress after tweeting lewd images. It reported that the messages, which began when the girl was a sophomore in high school, indicated Weiner knew she was a minor.

The disgraced former Congressman has been under investigation for text messages he sent to an 15-year-old girl in North Carolina back last year.

Weiner agreed Friday not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison.

Anthony Weiner is expected to plead guilty in the sexting investigation against him. Weiner will have to register as a sexual offender, according to Bloomberg.

The plea covers conduct by Mr. Weiner from January through March of a year ago, the person said.

The probe into his exchanges with the teenage girl, however, also helped upend the final days of the 2016 USA presidential campaign. Federal agents seized Weiner's laptop and other electronics, on which they found emails belonging to Huma Abedin, Weiner's then-wife and a close aide to Hillary Clinton. Abedin was among a tight-knit group that had an email address on Clinton's private server.

Abedin, a top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton past year, separated from Weiner in September after revelations he had sent more sexually charged messages online.

Mr. Weiner will plead guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, pursuant to a plea agreement with the United States attorney's office in Manhattan, one of the people said. Clinton has said Comey's decision is part of the reason she lost the election.

Clinton has blamed her loss to Republican Donald Trump in part on Comey's announcement, even though Comey said two days before the election in November that the review had uncovered no new evidence.

Trump fired Comey days later amid the FBI's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to defeat Clinton, an allegation the president has vehemently denied.

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