Former disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty on Friday to sending obscene material to an underage 15-year-old girl.
“I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse,” he said.
Weiner had sent pornographic videos and made requests that the girl be nude and masturbate. He used the alias “T Dog” with her.
Weiner, 52, pleaded guilty in Federal District Court in lower Manhattan to transferring obscene material to a minor. Under a plea agreement, prosecutors asked he serve 21 to 27 months behind bars. He must also register as a sex offender.
He also had to surrender his passport and iPhone, and agreed not to leave New York before his sentencing, according to NBC New York.
“I apologize to everyone I have hurt,” Weiner added in his admission to the court. “I apologize to the teenage girl, whom I mistreated so badly.”
“I knew this was as morally wrong as it was unlawful,” he continued.
“I engaged in obscene communications with this teenager, including sharing explicit images and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct, just as I had done and continued to do with adult women.”
He answered the judge’s questions before reading a prepared statement to the court, explaining how he was contacted by the girl online in January 2016 and knew she was 15.
Amid sobs, he said that last fall he “came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness. I had hit bottom,” and chose to enter “intensive treatment.” He then apologized to the girl.
“Weiner’s conduct was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced,” acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said in a statement.
The investigation into Weiner has been blamed in part for Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election to President Trump. The FBI announced in October it was renewing its investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified material after Clinton emails were found on Weiner’s laptop in the course of a separate investigation.
Weinee was once considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. He had represented his congressional district in Brooklyn and Queens for almost 12 years before a string of sexting scandals destroyed his career. He stepped down in 2011 after admitting to sending sexually explicit social media messages and texts to women.
But the sexting didn’t stop, and a series of explicit exchanges continued in early 2016 with the 15-year-old girl from North Carolina.
His wife Huma left him not long afterward.
In recent years, after falling out of the headlines, Weiner continued to be the subject of political gossip surrounding his relationship with Abedin, who had been a close aide to Clinton for about two decades. A documentary called “Weiner,” focusing on his sexting scandal, premiered last year in theaters.
So will this end the never-ending saga of Anthony Wiener’s Texting Scandal? Somehow, I doubt it. Wiener knew that this last episode would come to light. It was not an “if”, but a “when”. Yet it did not stop him.
He was in the middle of campaigning for a comeback, to become the Mayor of New York City, and it did not stop him. He rode horses at a facility designed to stop him, and it did not stop him.
Nothing will stop him.
Now I just want to know about those classified emails on his computer that were not supposed to be there! Or how about that ‘life insurance’ file?
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