Disgraced former Democrat New York Rep. Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty Friday morning to a single charge of transmitting sexual material to a minor, a crime that can net up to 10 years in prison, The Associated Press reported.
The New York Times had previously reported Weiner had a scheduled appearance in federal court where he was expected to enter a plea agreement with prosecutors regarding his alleged “sexting” with a 15-year-old girl.
As part of the deal, Weiner agreed not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison and to register as a sex offender upon his release.
The former congressman with close ties to former failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is married to Clinton’s right-hand aide Huma Abedin. He reportedly broke down in tears as he issued an apology to the underage girl with whom he had exchanged sexually explicit texts and videos.
“I accept full responsibility for my conduct. I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse,” Weiner stated emotionally, according to CNN. “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.”
The plea deal also included a demand that Weiner continue his mental health treatment, surrender his passport and iPhone, and avoid all contact with the young girl.
The Times reported that Weiner’s latest trouble began when reports surfaced in 2016 that he had been engaged in an online affair with an underage girl, a scandal that rocked the Clinton campaign in the final stretch of the 2016 election season.
In fact, Clinton and many of her supporters who refuse to accept that President Donald Trump won the election fairly still routinely insist that a major factor in her loss was the FBI announcement in late October that it had re-opened the investigation into Clinton’s email scandal — only to close it again days later — after having found classified emails from Clinton and Abedin on Weiner’s laptop while investigating his sexting crimes.
Weiner’s disturbing sexual appetite and indiscretions may have played a role in Clinton’s electoral loss, but it certainly wasn’t the deciding factor. It was, however, one more example of the sort of slimy and ethically questionable sort of people with whom she surrounded herself.
It’s also one more thing about which Trump can say “I told you so”:
Pervert alert. @RepWeiner is back on twitter. All girls under the age of 18, block him immediately.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Be careful – sexting pervert Anthony Weiner is upping his campaigning. When will new pictures be released?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2013
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