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Tear-stained apology caps Weiner's guilty plea in sexting case

20 May 2017

Anthony Weiner will plead guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor after getting caught sexting with a 15-year-old girl, according to the New York Times. "I apologize to the teenage girl whom I mistreated so badly".

"I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", the former Democratic congressman said.

In court, the 52-year-old former Democratic congressman paused repeatedly as he fought back tears and tried to compose himself.

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The 52-year-old former NY representative entered the plea in Manhattan District Court Friday afternoon to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. His sentencing hearing is set for September 8. A judge will determine the final sentence, which could bring up to 10 years. "And yet I remained in denial even as the world around me fell apart".

In 2016, a documentary titled Weiner was released, which showed Weiner going about his days during the election, up until his sexting scandal. Within days, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said nothing incriminating was found in the emails.

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"I had hit bottom", he said. "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". "I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt", he said.

Finished speaking, he wiped his eyes with tissues.

"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. "I appreciate your service". Outlets in March reported Abedin and Weiner are attempting to reconcile their marriage. He said nothing to reporters.

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.

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. Shortly after they emerge, Weiner admits he had engaged in sexual chats online after he resigned from Congress. Abedin appeared alongside Weiner to say that she would be sticking by him and had forgiven him.

A message left with a representative for Abedin seeking comment Friday morning was not returned.

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As part of his plea, Weiner agreed to forfeit his iPhone.

"As reflected in the plea agreement, the resolution on terms far less severe than could have been sought reflect 'the specific circumstances of the offense conduct in this case, ' which did not feature aggravating factors often present in cases of this kind", Devlin-Brown said. He added that Weiner remains "focused on his recovery".

The incident prompted then-FBI director James Comey to state publicly - in the final weeks of the presidential campaign - that the closed investigation into Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified material was being reopened.

That inquiry was brief. But Clinton partly blamed her loss to Republican Donald Trump on Comey's announcement.

Weiner, who is Jewish, was outspoken in his support for Israel when he was in Congress.

May 21, 2013: After many uneventful months, Weiner announces he's running for mayor of New York City.

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Weiner continued: "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".

Tear-stained apology caps Weiner's guilty plea in sexting case