*UPDATE* Weiner has pleaded guilty and the judge said “he would have to register as a sex offender.
Weiner surrendered to the FBI Friday morning, officials familiar with the matter said, and will plead guilty to one count related to transferring obscene material to a minor. Prosecutors are expected to recommend two years in prison, though Weiner’s attorneys are likely to ask for probation.
The potential charges stemmed from the sexually charged text messages and Skype conversations he allegedly exchanged with a 15-year-old girl for months last year. The messages were revealed when online news outlet DailyMail.com interviewed the girl last September.
Weiner read his allocution in front of the court:
Beginning with my service in Congress and continuing into the first half of last year, I have compulsively sought attention from women who contacted me on social media, and I engaged with many of them in both sexual and non-sexual conversation. These destructive impulses brought great devastation to family and friends, and destroyed my life’s dream of public service. And yet I remained in denial even as the world around me fell apart.
In late January 2016, I was contacted by and began exchanging online messages with a stranger who said that she was a high school student and who I understood to be 15 years old. Through approximately March 2016, I engaged in obscene communications with this teenager, including sharing explicit images and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct, just as I had done and continued to do with adult women. I knew this was as morally wrong as it was unlawful.
This fall, I came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness. I had hit bottom. 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 accept full responsibility for my conduct. I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse. I apologize to everyone I have hurt. I apologize to the teenage girl, whom I mistreated so badly. I am committed to making amends to all those I have harmed. Thank you.
The court scheduled his sentencing for September 8.
Last September, the 15-year-old girl told The Daily Mail that the two of them “carried on a months-long sexual relationship.” She told the publication that “he asked her to dress up in ‘school-girl’ outfits” and tried to persuade her to participate in his “rape fantasies.”
The FBI began an investigation, which meant Weiner had to hand over his electronics. Well, as you know, he is married to failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s closest confidante Huma Abedin. Investigators discovered emails between Hillary and Huma, who immediately denied knowledge how those emails ended up on the co-owned computer.
The investigation had former FBI Director James Comey announce a new investigation into Hillary’s email scandal during her tenure as Secretary of State. But this investigation ended a few days before the election without charges against Hillary.
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