'Sick' Anthony Weiner Weeps While Pleading Guilty to Sexting 15-Year-Old

Weiner declined to speak to reporters as he left the courthouse.

In a written plea agreement, prosecutors said aggravating factors such as the age of the victim would have called for a prison sentence of up to 14 years under sentencing guidelines were it not for the plea bargain and a 10-year maximum penalty on the charge.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner exits federal court in Manhattan after pleading guilty Friday in his sexting case. He also sent photos of himself to the girl, including one in which he was shirtless at a pool, and reportedly solicited sexually explicit pictures her. "I entered intensive treatment, found the 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".

May 19: Weiner pleads guilty to criminal charges in connection with his online communications with the 15-year-old girl.

On Friday, in an appearance in US District Court in New York, Weiner, 52, agreed as part of his plea deal to not appeal any prison sentence of 27 months or less, according to reports. He was released on bail pending a final sentencing hearing in September.

That same month, the FBI began investigating Weiner after the North Carolina girl told the news website DailyMail.com that she and Weiner had exchanged lewd messages for several months. He then apologized to the girl.

The former rising star in the Democratic Party saw his career as a U.S. congressman come to a halt in June 2011.

Weiner and Abedin have been estranged since last summer, when new accusations came to light that he sent photos and messages to another woman.

As a result, James Comey, then the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced in late October that the agency was reviewing the messages to determine whether to reopen its investigation into Clinton's handling of official correspondence.

For twelve years, Weiner represented Brooklyn and Queens in the House of Representatives, but he stepped down in 2011 after it was discovered that he had sent sexual messages to various women online.

Clinton recently attributed her election loss in part to Comey's announcement.

He ran for New York City mayor in 2013 and was leading several polls until it was revealed he had continued his questionable behavior.

"While I have provided the Daily Mail with information showing that I have likely been the subject of a hoax, I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position", Weiner wrote in a statement to NBC News.



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