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Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces charges in sexting case

Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces charges in sexting case Anthony Weiner to face criminal charges in teen sexting case
Manuel Armenta | 20 May, 2017, 05:49

The 52-year-old has been charged with the transferring of obscene material to a minor, which was bundled in a plea deal with Manhattan's U.S. Attorney's Office.

Weiner, who is Jewish, was outspoken in his support for Israel when he was in Congress. As part of his plea agreement, federal prosecutors said they would consider a term between 21 months and 27 months "fair and appropriate".

Weiner began messaging the girl when she was a sophomore in high school, the newspaper reported.

"I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position".

"I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", he said. His lawyer can request leniency at a sentencing scheduled for September 8.

Anthony Weiner is expected to plead guilty in the sexting investigation against him.

Pleading to the charge, which requires him to register as a sex offender, could bring a sentence of up to 10 years. It was during the investigation into Weiner's illicit relationship that federal agents seized his computer and discovered thousands of Clinton emails forwarded there by Abedin.

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

During the hearing, the Democratic former congressman apologized through tears to the 15-year-old girl with whom he exchanged sexually explicit texts, saying, "I accept full responsibility for my conduct".

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the criminal charges had yet to be filed publicly with the court. Abedin was among a tight-knit group that had an email address on Clinton's private server.

Officials began to investigate Weiner over the allegations previous year, and the probe into Weiner even affected the 2016 presidential campaign.

This temporarily reopened the probe into Clinton just days before the presidential election, and Clinton recently blamed part of her loss on it.

Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after he was caught lying to the media about his propensity to send sexting messages over Twitter.