Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces charges in sexting case

Paterniano Del Favero
Mag 20, 2017

A spokesman for the law firm representing Weiner, Covington & Burling, said he would plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska on Friday morning but offered no further details. Abedin had announced her separation from Weiner last summer after a new round of explicit messages emerged that included an image of Weiner's crotch as he lay in bed with their young son.

The disgraced former Congressman has been under investigation for text messages he sent to an 15-year-old girl in North Carolina back last year.

The charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years, but Weiner could escape prison time if a judge rules in his favor. Weiner would face up to a decade in prison and would have to be registered as a sex offender. Federal agents seized Weiner's laptop and other electronics, on which they found emails belonging to Huma Abedin, Weiner's then-wife and a close aide to Hillary Clinton.

Weiner's lawyers had been negotiating with federal prosecutors to avoid child pornography charges, the New York Daily News said.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the criminal charges had yet to be filed publicly with the court.

That same month, the FBI began investigating Weiner after the North Carolina girl told the news website that she and Weiner had exchanged lewd messages for several months. According to Weiner's plea, the conduct occurred between January and March.

The controversy over Clinton's use of a private email server while she was us secretary of state dogged her throughout the campaign.

That led to then-FBI Director James Comey informing Congress on October 28 that the bureau was again investigating Clinton's private email server use. Clinton has said Comey's decision is part of the reason she lost the election. Comey announced shortly before the election that the new emails contained nothing to change his view that Clinton could not be charged with a crime.

Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 after explicit pictures in an unrelated case became public, CNN reported.

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