It’s official, disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, 52, has admitted to exchanging sexually explicit texts with a teenage girl.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor in Manhattan federal court Friday morning.
In court, he stated his “… destructive impulses brought great devastation to my family and friends and destroyed my life’s dream of public service.”
“I engaged in obscene communication with this teenager. Including sharing explicit images, and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct.
“I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.”
He cried as he apologized to the teen.
Weiner’s attorney stated that the former congressman “accepted full responsibility” and “apologized, offered no excuses, and made a commitment to make amends.” He also stated that Weiner is “focused on his recovery.”
Weiner now must register as a sex offender. He has been released on $150,000 bail pending his sentencing, which has been set for September 8th. He faces hefty fines and up to 10 years in prison, although there is a possibility that he would receive no prison time.
Weiner agreed to not appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison — but a judge acknowledged that she wasn’t bound by that, and could send him away for even longer.
“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 H. Kim said in a statement.
Weiner will have to forfeit the phone he used for sexting, along with any pictures and videos.
All of this was happening the same day as Huma Abedin’s attorneys filed her divorce papers in Lower Manhattan.