Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces charges in sexting case

Gladys Abbott
May 20, 2017

That same month, the FBI began investigating Weiner after the North Carolina girl told the news website that she and Weiner had exchanged lewd messages for several months. A likely result of his plea is that Weiner will end up a registered sex offender, the Times reported. The federal charge to which Weiner pleaded comes with a sentence of zero to 10 years.

The probe into his exchanges with the teenage girl, however, also helped upend the final days of the 2016 US presidential campaign.

Weiner reportedly once told the girl, "I would bust that tight p-y so hard and so often that you would leak and limp for a week", and sent her bare-chested pictures of himself.

"I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", the former Democratic congressman said. Trump and other Republicans accused her of endangering national security by exposing classified information to potential hacking.

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As part of the plea agreement, he also will have to forfeit his iPhone, surrender his passport, continue mental health treatment and is barred from having any contact with the girl. Phone messages left Friday with the North Carolina girl's father were not immediately returned. He added that Weiner remains "focused on his recovery".

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is crying in court as he apologizes to the 15-year-old girl with whom he exchanged sexually explicit texts. Weiner's brother was the only family in court to watch as he said he "hit bottom" and began therapy.

Federal agents who had seized Weiner's laptop discovered a batch of emails from Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president in 2016. According to the NYT, it was that discovery that led to the late October announcement by since fired F.B.I. director James B. Comey, that the bureau was conducting a new investigation into Mrs. Clinton's handling of official email.

That inquiry was brief. Two days before the election, Comey wrote a second letter to Congress stating that no new evidence against Clinton was found, Fox News reported.

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