Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case

Judge Merrick Garland arrives for a meeting in Washington

Judge Merrick Garland arrives for a meeting in Washington

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose penchant for sexting strangers ended his political career and led to an investigation that upended the presidential race, pleaded guilty Friday to criminal charges in connection to sending sexual material to a 15-year-old girl.

The judge accepted Weiner's guilty plea to a charge of transmitting sexual material to a minor, and he agreed to not appeal against any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison.

The 52-year-old Democratic politician from NY, who resigned from Congress in 2011 over an earlier sexting scandal, will also have to register as a sex offender.

USA authorities have been investigating reports that Weiner sent explicit messages a year ago to a teenage girl in North Carolina. She told the publication that "he asked her to dress up in "school-girl" outfits" and tried to persuade her to participate in his "rape fantasies".

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized his laptop computer, finding a new cache of emails that Hillary Clinton had sent to Mr Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, a key adviser to the Democrat presidential candidate. "Yet I remained in denial even as the world around me fell apart". I entered intensive treatment, found he courage to take a moral inventory of my defects, and began a program of recovery and mental health treatment that I continue to follow every day.

CNN, citing law enforcement officials, reported last September that prosecutors in the office of then-US Attorney Preet Bharara issued a subpoena for Weiner's cell phone and other records as part of an investigation into alleged "sexting" with a purportedly underage girl.

In a statement to CNN at the time, Weiner neither confirmed or denied sending the texts.

The Democrat will appear in court at 11 a.m., the USA attorney's office in Manhattan said.

Weiner was already in federal custody ahead of the hearing, which lasted less than half an hour.

In late January 2016, I 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.

Federal investigators soon uncovered emails on his laptop that were sent by his estranged wife, prompting FBI Director James Comey to reopen an investigation into Clinton's emails out of concern the shared computer might have had classified documents. 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. 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.

His ill-fated run for New York City mayor two years later tanked amid reports that he sent another woman nude photos, calling himself Carlos Danger.

Weiner's lawyer, Arlo Devlin Brown, didn't immediately return a message Friday.

His failed mayoral bid is the subject of the documentary "Weiner".

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