Anthony Weiner to Plead Guilty in Teen Sexting Case, Report Says

Anthony Weiner during a press conference

Weiner left Congress in June 2011 when sexually-charged, sometimes explicit, texts with women other than his wife first emerged.

Former congressman Anthony Weiner, whose penchant for sexting strangers online ended his political career and led to an investigation that upended the presidential race, will appear in federal court Friday to plead guilty to charges in connection with his online communications with a 15-year-old girl, officials said. His attorneys are expected to ask for probation when he appears in a U.S. District Court, the sources added.

As part of the plea agreement, he will have to comply with the Sex Offender Registry and Notification Act.

Weiner was already in federal custody ahead of the hearing.

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

He was released on bail Friday ahead of a sentencing hearing scheduled for September 8.

Weiner surrendered to the FBI Friday morning. The charge reportedly carries a potential sentence ranging up to 10 years in prison - though the former congressman also could avoid prison entirely.

The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after the 15-year-old North Carolina girl told a tabloid news site, the Daily Mail, that she and the disgraced former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months.

The investigation infamously intersected previous year with the 2016 presidential campaign, when agents seized devices and found emails between Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin, Weiner's estranged wife and a top Clinton adviser.

In October, just days before the election, FBI director James Comey announced the bureau was reopening its closed investigation into whether ex-Secretary of State Clinton had used a private email server for classified documents in order to assess the newly-discovered correspondence.

In testimony to Congress two weeks ago, Comey said he felt "mildly nauseous" at the suggestion his actions may have swayed the election, but added that he had no regrets. The Comey letters and late-in-the-election investigation have been blamed for Clinton's loss to President Donald Trump, The Los Angeles Times reported.

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